26 November 2012

Angola: Luanda Hosts Peace, Security Conference in Gulf of Guinea

Luanda — A conference on Peace and Security in the Gulf of Guinea is set to start Tuesday in Luanda with a view to finding out a solution for stability in the region.

This was announced Monday in Luanda by the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry (Mirex), Mário Augusto, during a press conference intended to present the three-day forum, under the slogan "Without peace there is no development".

The event will discuss the peace and security in the region, maritime security, and the factors that influence environmental security in the region.

It is also aimed at implementing scientific criteria that support, precisely, the decision making process of African states, in promotion of peace and security in the region, as guarantee for its development.

The spokesman also added that Angola, in its capacity of acting chairperson of the organisation, holds a series of integrated and

multidisciplinary debates within the strengthening of political and diplomatic actions, competing to securing stability in the region.

"The Angolan government will continue to pay special attention to organisation, boosting political and diplomatic actions with the other member countries in order to ensure its adherence, of the other states, as well as ensuring regional stability and security," he said.

On the other hand, he informed that the conference will produce a document, based on the principles of international, regional and subregional organisations, reflecting the appreciation of the political, economic and social development in the region.

The official noted that the Luanda Declaration will address peace and security in the Gulf of Guinea, in order to materialise a set of policies and actions, as well as a mechanism for observing stability in the region.

The Gulf of Guinea Commission comprises Angola, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, DR Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe.

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