In a statement to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, President Guebuza stressed that “safeguarding world peace will always be our collective responsibility and never of one country or group of states. In this context, the reform of the United Nations, particularly its Security Council, must continue to deserve our special attention to ensure that this body is representative, democratic and credible”.
On regional issues, he urged the international community to support the presidential and legislative elections later this year in Madagascar, which “creates the opportunity for the conclusion of the political transformation in the country”.
Regarding Zimbabwe, he argued that the conditions have been created for the lifting of sanctions.
The President warned that stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo remains a challenge to the region, and welcomed the appointment of Mary Robinson as the UN Secretary General’s special envoy.
President Guebuza pledged that Mozambique will remain committed to stability in Guinea-Bissau, and commended the efforts of ECOWAS, the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations in “contributing to a new dynamic which seeks to bring lasting solutions to the political crisis”.
He stressed that Mozambique is committed to the disarmament agenda as it is of “paramount importance in promoting peace and the fight against poverty”. He pointed out that Mozambique will next year host the Third International Conference to Review the Convention on the Elimination of Anti-Personal Mines.
The President defended Mozambique’s support for the self-determination of the Palestinian people and for the creation of a two state solution, with “Palestine and Israel living side-by-side in an environment of peace and security”.
In addition, he called for the self-determination of the Sahrawi people and for the ending of the economic, trade and financial embargo against Cuba.Post published in: Africa News