CPLP members back the admission of Equatorial Guinea

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 21-02-2014 12:50:00 · 0 Comments
CPLP members back the admission of Equatorial Guinea

East Timor and Cape Verde both came out to back the decision by Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) to admit Equatorial Guinea on Friday with East Timor’s Foreign Minister José Luís Guterres particularly upbeat.

"We enthusiastically support the recommendation that Equatorial Guinea be admitted as a member of the CPLP," Guterres told Lusa in Maputo, Mozambique where he had attended the Foreign Ministers summit.

"This means that the main conditions have been met but that we should continue to help Equatorial Guinea to adopt policies closer to those of the CPLP in the field of human rights” said the Timorese diplomacy chief before adding that this involved the promotion of both speaking Portuguese and civil society more generally in the West African state.

This position was echoed by his Cape Verde counterpart Jorge Borges in an interview with the RCV radio station.

"We congratulate the announcement of a moratorium on the death penalty. Based upon these advances, we took the decisions to recommend (…) the accession of Equatorial Guinea as a full member of the CPLP," said Borges.

The Cape Verdean Foreign Minister added that Guinea-Bissau had also been a high priority at the Maputo meeting with the ministers present calling for “an urgent meeting” between representatives of the CPLP and the Economic Community of West Africa in order to coordinate international actions in the run up to general elections in Guinea-Bissau.

Equatorial Guinea had earlier in the week announced it was suspending the death penalty in the country and thus removing the final major obstacle to its membership of the Portuguese language organisation after having already taken measures to adopt Portuguese as an official language and promote both its learning, profile and the culture surrounding Equatorial Guinea’s links with its Portuguese speaking neighbours.

A major oil producer, Equatorial Guinea has been ruled by Teodoro Obiang since 1979 and deemed one of the most closed regimes worldwide by human rights organisations.


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