Angola: Govt Wants Stability Back in Guinea-Bissau - Minister

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Remnants of Guinea-Bissau's 1998-1999 civil war.

Rome — The Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti, Tuesday in Rome reiterated that the stability in Guinea Bissau is an Angola's special goal.

The head of the Angolan diplomacy was speaking during a lecture on "Angola's external Policy" he delivered on the premises of the Italian Society for International Organisations (SIOI).

Guinea-Bissau is experiencing instability since the military coup d'Etat in April 2012, following "confused and unacceptable motivations and for that reason condemned by the UN, African Union and European Union," he said.

"Within the context of the CPLP (Portuguese Speaking Community), Angola and the other member states are not saving effort in the search of a strategic partnership with ECOWAS

(Economic Community of West Africa State), under United Nations' coordination, aiming at bringing political stability back in the country," said the Angolan Foreign minister.

On the other hand, Georges Chikoti said that the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) deplores the wave of coup d'Etats hitting the African continent again.

SADC defends for Africa "concrete examples" that confirm the commitment of the states to "firmly turn a black page" in the history of the continent, Chikoti also said.

"Therefore, SADC adds its voice to those that condemn the coups occurred in Guinea Bissau and in Mali, at the same time that hails the regional effort underway toward the maintenance of peace, stability and re-establishment of constitutional order," he stated.

The diplomat defended "patient and inclusive dialogue and negotiation" in the search of balanced and fair solutions, with support and participation of the African Union and the United Nations Organisation.

On the other hand, minister Chikoti spoke of the drought in the Horn of Africa region, particularly in Somalia, which, he said, is also a concern for Angola.

According to the minister, Angola joins the international humanitarian aid and the effort toward political solutions to the armed conflict in that region of the African continent.

As to the developments in Libya and Egypt, the Angolan Government wishes the peoples of those countries to find stability the earliest, the minister also stated.

He however stated that Angola continues worried about the poor progress recorded in the resolution of the problem in Western Sahara which still remains a relevant topic on the international agenda.

The minister mentioned the situation in the Middle East, particularly in the Palestinian territories, as one of the most serious problems troubling the international community.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday morning minister Georges Chikoti met on the premises of FAO , in Rome, with the African ambassadors to Italy, with whom he reviewed the situation prevailing in Guinea Bissau and other parts of the world.

Tuesday evening, the Angolan Foreign minister is hosting a cocktail in a Rome hotel for members of the Italian Government, diplomats, academics, businesspeople and politicians.

Georges Chikoti started on Monday a three-day visit to Italy, as part of the country's effort to relaunch cooperation between the two countries.

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