Angola Reiterates Support for UN Reforms

Luanda — Angolan minister of Foreign Affairs Téte António Monday in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, reaffirmed Angola support for reforms at the United Nations to allow greater regional representation.

The minister reiterated this at the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Countries Movement.

Téte António said that Angola defends the Ezulwini Consensus, which provides for two permanent members of the Security Council, with the right to veto, and five non-permanent for African continent.

In his speech, the Angolan top diplomat expressed the country's solidarity with all peoples who still aspire to self-determination and reaffirmed his call for the lifting of the embargo against Cuba.

According to him, the world continues to face various economic and social challenges, and with the emergence of Covid-19, attention must be focused on preventing and fight against this pandemic, including guaranteeing equitable access to the vaccine for all the countries of the world.

"Some of the consequences resulting from these challenges have to do with the forced migration of populations, climate change, the high number of unemployed and the decrease in purchasing power, particularly for the most vulnerable populations", he highlighted.

In this regard, he appealed to the countries of the Movement to continue to redouble their efforts so that the pandemic situation does not aggravate the already existing imbalance among the countries, and the debt issue deserves the greatest attention.

"The current global health situation has not only brought a reflection on the need for the world to adopt new priorities, in particular issues related to the right to water, food, housing and sanitation, health care, as well as the development of new plans and programs that aim to improve the well-being of our populations", he maintained.

The Movement of Non-Aligned Countries was formally created at the Belgrade Conference in 1961, under the principles of preserving national independence, not integrating into any military bloc, refusing to establish foreign military bases, defending the right of peoples to self-determination and fight for complete and general disarmament.

Angola has been a member of the organisation since 16 August, 1976.

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