11 January 2013

Angola: Nation's Role in African Conflicts Resolution Highlighted

Luanda — The Spanish chargé d'affaires in Angola, Manuel Bernardo, said last Thursday in Luanda that Angola has an important voice in the resolution of conflicts still affecting the continent, particularly those in the Central African Republic, Mali and Guinea-Bissau.

Speaking briefly to the press, on the fringe of the ceremony of New Year greetings to the Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, presented by the Diplomatic Body accredited in Angola, Manuel Bernardo stated that Angola is an international partner, a regional power that points solutions to conflicts.

To the Spanish diplomat, Angola, as an international partner, is one of the most important countries in the resolution of these African conflicts.

On the other hand, Manuel Bernardo recognised the development of Angola in several domains, in the past ten years.

"Spain was one of the first countries to recognise the independence of Angola and, currently, it is satisfied at the development that is taking place", stressed the Spanish chargé d'affaires, adding that the co-operation between both countries is good.

Meanwhile, in his speech at the referred ceremony, President José Eduardo dos Santos strongly condemned the return to armed violence and rebellions in the African continent as a way to resolve internal conflicts, emphasizing, afterwards, that elected governments must not be replaced by other means but democratic ones.

On the occasion, José Eduardo dos Santos stated that the prevailing situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Central African Republic and Guinea-Bissau is a regression for the democratisation process of the African continent.

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