30 November 2012

Angola: Peace in Golf of Guinea Requires Trust - Minister

Luanda — The Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chiocoti, Thursday in Luanda said that the construction of a future of peace and security in the Gulf of Guinea region requires the establishment of relations based on common principles of trust.

The minister was speaking at the closing of the Luanda Conference on Peace and Security in the Gulf of Guinea that opened on Tuesday in the Angolan capital.

The minister added that the said principles should govern regional cooperation and integration with reciprocal advantages, within a vision of integration that promotes a culture of respect and complementariness among the states.

Georges Chikoti stressed that the event sought to favour an open, integrated and multidisciplinary debate on the current political, economic and social situation in the Gulf of Guinea.

Another purpose of the meeting, according to the minister, was to discuss the adoption of mechanisms for a better operational coordination among all parties interested n the security and economic development of the states of the region.

As he stated, Angola's external policy always defended the active participation in the development of the Gulf of Guinea and the establishment of adequate relations with each and every member state of the region, enabling the attainment of the strategic effort of all

and each of them within the framework of a better development of the potential of cooperation.

According to Georges Chikoti, the Angolan Government pays a special attention to the Gulf of Guinea Commission, through politico-diplomatic actions with the other countries comprising the organisation, seeking the adhesion to it of other countries and ensuring regional stability.

The minister recalled that in its capacity as acting chair of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Angola promoted two sessions of the organisation's Council of Ministers in April and August this year.

This, he added, was intended to improve the functioning and create a new dynamics within the organisation, in view of the strategic objectives and the challenges facing the Gulf of Guinea.

For over two days, the event tackled such topics as Gulf of Guinea, a zone of peace and security, the influence of peace and security in the Gulf of Guinea region for the stability and development of the African continent, the importance of security of the Gulf of Guinea

region as a maritime transportation route and others.

Established on 3 July 2001, the Gulf of Guinea Commission comprises Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and São Tomé and Príncipe.

It was established as a collective framework to ensure peace, security and stability as essential conditions for the economic and social development and progress.

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