The President of Angola defended today that Russia should take the initiative to end the conflict with Ukraine to avoid the escalation of the conflict and pave the way for the reform of the United Nations Security Council.
“Given the need to avoid an escalation of the conflict, we consider it important that the Russian authorities take the initiative to end the conflict. [na Ucrânia]thus creating a better environment to negotiate a new architecture of peace for Europe and pave the way for the much-desired and necessary reform of the United Nations Security Council”, said João Lourenço in his inauguration speech, in Luanda.
Angola was one of 35 countries in the world that did not condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in a vote at the United Nations General Assembly in March.
Today, the head of state said that “the Republic of Angola has always defended the importance of resorting to dialogue and the peaceful resolution of conflicts, striving for unequivocal respect for international law”.
At the end of a long speech before a crowd in Luanda, in which he presented the priorities of the new Government for the country, João Lourenço focused on Angolan diplomacy, recalling that Angola has played, “with some success”, a role in resolving conflicts in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regions and the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region.
He exemplified with the case of the Central African Republic, the border conflict between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo or even between Uganda and Rwanda.
“We have modestly tried to do our best, since the solution always depends on the political will” of the parties involved, recalled João Lourenço.
He also expressed concern about the conflict in Tigray, in northern Ethiopia, where the humanitarian situation “worsens” because “it was simply forgotten with the outbreak of a new conflict in Europe”.
“It is time for the world to begin to face the need to save and protect human life equally, without racial, religious or any other type of prejudice. All victims of wars, armed conflicts, calamities must deserve our affection. , attention and solidarity”, warned President Angola.
He also defended that the United Nations “must be the guide that regulates the balance in the action of international humanitarian organizations” so that they do not focus all their attention on “just one type of needy”.