The Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, Ambassador Ion Jinga, delivered a statement on Wednesday, the 27th of February, in the Security Council Open Debate on “Silencing the guns in Africa: Cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations”. The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Equatorial Guinea, country which holds the presidency of the UN Security Council during the month of February 2019.
In his speech, the Permanent Representative emphasized the importance of the United Nations – African Union cooperation, as well as of the interaction in the format United Nations – African Union – European Union, as essential frameworks for international security and sustainable development in Africa. He pointed out that Romania was one of the co-sponsors of the resolution on “Silencing the guns in Africa”, which was adopted on the morning of the same day.
Stating that Romania supports an approach based on the principle of “African solutions to African problems”, he recalled that during the Romanian Chairmanship of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), in 2018, the annual meeting between the PBC and the African Union Peace and Security Council was institutionalized.
Underlying the importance given by our country to conflict prevention, mediation, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction, the Romanian diplomat mentioned that “the field visits I have conducted, in my capacity as Chair of PBC, in West Africa and the Sahel region, as well as the interactions with national and regional authorities in Africa, aimed to identify ways to enhance cooperation on financing for peacebuilding in African countries and to strengthen coordination and coherence in support of them”.
Mentioning that the objective of silencing the guns in Africa can be reached only through building partnerships between African States and the international community, Ambassador Ion Jinga expressed his hope that, on the 1st of March 2019, the United Nations General Assembly will adopt by consensus the resolution on “The Role of Diamonds in Fuelling Conflict: breaking the link between the illicit transaction of rough diamonds and armed conflict”, which Romania will support both in a national capacity, and in its capacity as President of the Council of the European Union. “I strongly believe it is high time to switch forever the paradigm from blood diamonds to peace diamonds”, affirmed the Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN. He also mentioned that currently “Romania participates in six UN missions and operations in Africa, on all relevant security segments, in Central African Republic, Mali, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Darfur, South Sudan and Libya. At the same time, Romania is the only member state that contributes with close protection units to missions coordinated by the UN Security and Safety Department. Starting with 15 October 2019, Romania will provide the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali with four PUMA helicopters and 120 troops”.
Emphasizing that our country is a candidate for a non-permanent seat in the Security Council, for the 2020 – 2021 period, he stressed that the first UN resolution on the cooperation with regional organizations (Resolution 1631) was adopted in 2005, during the Romanian Presidency of the Security Council.