11 January 2013

Angola: Diplomat Defends Importance of African Leadership in Resolution of Crises

Luanda — The ambassador of Cape Verde to Angola, Domingos Mascarenhas, defended Thursday, in Luanda, the importance of the role of African leadership in the resolution of crises in the continent.

The diplomat made this reference while speaking at the ceremony of end of the year greetings to the Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, as the Dean of ambassadors accredited in Angola.

The ambassador stressed that in Africa- although in some countries it has been registered lately an encouraging economic growth which also stimulates social and economic growth, coupled with the strengthening of democratic institutions and improved governance- it has been witnessed, in some states, political and military instability.

Domingos Mascarenhas argued that in some cases there are threats to the territorial integrity of states until very recently seen as stable.

He noted that this same political and military instability is also extended to the entire sub-regions, as demonstrated by the crises in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Central African Republic, among other states.

The diplomat said that, faced with this situation, there is an imperative need for concerted action of the international community towards finding lasting solutions to the crises that still hinder the development

of the continent, as well as measures that prevent the emergence of new conflicts.

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