Luanda, – The Angolan Government strongly condemns the defamatory campaign in circulation, according to which purported Angolan mercenaries or soldiers have been spotted in Côte d’Ivoire.The condemnation is contained in an Angolan Government declaration on the crisis in that West African country, released Friday in Luanda.The declaration considers the news as false and as part of the usual strategy of external interference in matters of the continent, aiming at blackening its leaders and institutions and once again manipulate the public opinion in order to justify the inevitability of the war.
In the declaration, the Angolan Executive stresses that it continues following up, with much concern, the situation that followed the election in Côte d’Ivoire that is on the verge of relapsing into a conflict of unpredictable consequences, liable of threatening stability in West Africa.The source states the fact that West Africa is a stable region, with processes of stabilisation in progress in various countries where the democratic systems are recent, after long lasting wars that tragically marked the sub-region, namely Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau and Niger.
The Government states in its declaration that this concerns grow at a time new electoral processes draw near and are exposed to be affected by the situation in Côte d’Ivoire, with the creation of new tragedies on the continent.The Angolan Government says that it learns with much concern the fact that all measures so far adopted by the international community are inexorably pushing Côte d’Ivoire into a war.In this regard, the Government mentions that the pace at which this degenerative process is going is just an indication of the grave abnormalities and factors that before, during and after the elections, contributed and continue negatively affecting the critical situation prevailing in the country.
It adds that “it is strange that within five days radical and extreme measures that we know were intentionally taken, without prior and due attention and evaluation of all complaints about the election itself, in order not only not to unequivocally establish the winner, but also dissuade any dispute and, secondly, without a minimum use of paths for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, through dialogue and negotiation, in line with internationally acceptable norms in such cases.”
After mentioning that the Angolan Executive has been contacted by diverse entities and countries for an eventual mediation, with a view to a search of a solution to the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, it reaffirms its support for “a peaceful and negotiated solution of the Ivorian conflict.”
On the other hand, the executive deplores that powers external to the continent are currently urging other African countries of the sub-region to precipitate the war as a solution to a problem that, to the Angolan authorities, can and must be peacefully resolved.“It is the Angolan Government understanding that the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire is about an African issue and is, for that matter, up to Africans to take the lead in its treatment. Thus, the African Union must assume the responsibility of this leadership in order to avoid that the present conflict irreversibly elapse into a human disaster, using all investments at its disposal,” reads the Government’s declaration.