Equatorial Guinea Leads Security Council in the Middle of Tensions

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema

Equatorial Guinea took over on Friday the chair of the UN Security Council in the midst of tensions between the members of that body, which prevented the adoption of a work programme.

According to the permanent representative of Equatorial Guinea to the UN, Anatolian Ndong Mba, he explained in a press conference, the work plan is still under negotiation and cannot be adopted until next week, and if no agreement is reached, there will be a procedural vote.

This month there was a debate on the Kosovo issue, but members disagree on how often this issue should be discussed.

If no result is reached, a procedural vote will have to be taken on 7th February, the ambassador said.

In answer to a question from the press, he pointed out that the issue of Venezuela was not included in the February program, but changes may occur, and if any member proposes it, it could be considered in due course.

To date, some sessions have been defined as next Monday 3 February: a high-level debate on mercenarism, with an emphasis on the Central African region.

The next day, another high-level meeting is scheduled on transnational crime, with special emphasis on maritime crime.

A debate on the need to silence arms, a priority issue for Africa, is also planned for 27 February, and a resolution is being negotiated.

On February 14, 15 and 16, the Security Council will visit Ivory Coast and Guinea Bissau, because it is convenient to go to those places where there are successes in overcoming a crisis, said Ndong Mba.

This year is crucial for Guinea-Bissau because they have two elections planned, and we must encourage a peaceful and transparent process, he said.

The ambassador was optimistic that Security Council sanctions against that country could be lifted in the near future.

Until a final document is adopted, the programme of work will be adopted every day and meetings are expected on Yemen, the extremely worrying situation in Palestine, Iraq and Syria.