Equatorial Guinea intervenes in the public debate on Working Methods of the Security Council

Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations , Tue, Feb 13, 2018

by José Enzeñ Obiang y Ester Mbomio Lagar

During the public debate of the Security Council on its working methods, most of the member countries of the United Nations agreed on the need to make the activities of the Council more open and transparent, without neglecting the effectiveness and efficiency. From among more than 50 speakers who took the floor, the Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea, Anatolio Ndong Mba, reaffirmed his support for the implementation of more inclusive, participatory and open methods in the Council's decision-making, considering the existence of the veto as an "obstacle" and an "anachronistic and undemocratic privilege" for the optimal representation of all Member States, in accordance with Article 24 of the Charter of the United Nations.

At another point in the address, he commended the progress that has been observed in the Council since the changes adopted in 2006 by welcoming Note 507 of the President of the Security Council (S / 2006/507) as a compilation of working methods of Council.

Equatorial Guinea has also insisted that the reforms of the working methods set out in footnote 507, as well as the Council's provisional rules of procedure, should be permanent, so that this body can be held accountable and have predictable and transparent rules. At the same time, it has positioned itself in favor of the ideas proposed by South Africa, consisting of strengthening strategic cooperation and strengthening strategic cooperation between the Security Council and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, and so that the rule of law is promoted in situations of conflict.

Ndong Mba concluded ratifying the need to continue uniting efforts and cooperation for the restructuring and reform of the Council towards a horizon where equanimity and consensus prevail, insisting that the negotiations "must begin now".

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