Government Communiqué from the Government of Equatorial Guinea As a result of the recent statements and actions that, from the institutions of the Kingdom of Spain, insult and degrade the institutions of Equatorial Guinea, the Equatoguinean Government wishes to express a strong protest and rejection for all of it.

12/04/2014

The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has had knowledge of the debates opened in the Spanish Parliament of the Kingdom of Spain, during which the spokesperson for the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV), Honorable Aitor Esteban, has reproached the President of the Spanish Government, H.E. Mariano Rajoy, for having greeted the President of the Republic Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, during the European Union/Africa Summit held recently in Brussels.

According to information appearing in the media, the rebuke of the Honorable Member of Parliament Aitor Esteban also includes not having paid the necessary attention to the Equatoguinean political opposition, and the fact that the Cervantes Institute had consented to President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo giving a conference in its headquarters of Brussels on the use of Spanish in Africa, stressing that Spain only has responsibilities with the Equatoguinean citizens and not with the Government of this country that is not democratic.

Admitting all these comments as the free and personal expression of this honorable member of Spain’s Parliament, the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea deeply laments the fact that the President of the Spanish Government, H.E. Mariano Rajoy, responded before the plenary session of the Spanish Parliament that everyone should seek “an intelligent solution in Equatorial Guinea.”

In relation to all these comments, the Government and the Presidency of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea desires to make the following points:

1. Since October 12, 1968, Equatorial Guinea is constituted as a sovereign and independent State of the International Community and, as such, no other State of the world has any type of responsibility over its Government and much less over its people.

2. In Equatorial Guinea there are thirteen political parties that contribute actively to form the will of the people, without the opposition to the Government in power having any type of difficulty to exercise its political labor. Much to the contrary, and as can be verified with the least documentation, there are political coalition agreements that allow the participation of the opposition in the Government.

3. The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea ignores the class of “intelligent solution among everyone” that the politicians in Spain want to provide in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. But, if this “intelligent solution” consists of supporting operations of mercenary invasions, like those that previous Spanish governments have supported against the stability of Equatorial Guinea, with the consent of its Parliamentary Institutions, it would surely have to search for a different term for “Spanish democracy”.

4. The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea does not know of the existence of domestic political situations that require the consideration of Parliaments of other countries. However, the fact is well known that Spain internally confronts important political and economic crises that should be resolved by the Spanish Parliament. Among these issues, the subject of the independence of Cataluña; the recovery of the Rock of Gibraltar, the financial crisis and unemployment can be underscored and they should be, among others, the issues that occupy the attention of the Spanish Parliament.

5. Equatorial Guinea did not request, in its day, to be colonized by Spain. However, the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is respectful of the historical rights inherited by the Spanish occupation of Equatorial Guinea. The Spanish language is one of these rights and bonds of which the people of Equatorial Guinea feel especially proud and they show it with the defense and the dissemination of Spanish in the organizations in which the country is a member in Africa, such as the African Union. If this situation wounds Spain’s honor, it would not be unprecedented that the Spanish language becomes lost in Equatorial Guinea, as occurred previously in the Philippine Islands.

6. The Government of Equatorial Guinea has never declared itself an enemy of Spain, despite the absurd discrediting remarks and the disinformation that its Institutions continually make against the honor and the dignity of the country. In this regard, the Government and the Presidency of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea consider that it is justified that the Equatoguinean Head of State attends the funerals of a President of the Spanish Government, who maintained a very close collaboration with Equatorial Guinea. The invitation formulated for this purpose was directed to the Head of Government that, according to the Constitution of our Country it is the very Head of State. That his participation made the Spanish politician uncomfortable is outside the will of the Equatoguinean Government.

7. This attitude of the Spanish politicians does not surprise the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea at all, as historical observation shows us that since the occupation of our Country by Spain, in 1777, Spain has never treated Equatorial Guinea with respect and dignity. In its relations with the African colony, racial discrimination and interest in exploiting its natural resources were predominant. It is also a paradox that Spain, which knew how to economically develop its colonies in South America, with the white race, did not have the same capacity to do so in Equatorial Guinea, due to the population being of the black race. This lack of interest made Spain lose the major part of the 300,000 km² of land that Equatorial Guinea originally had, until it was reduced to the 28,051 km² that the country currently has.

8. In view of the continuing discriminatory treatment and rejection against the Equatoguinean institutions, the Government and Presidency of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea declines any responsibility regarding the future of the diplomatic relations between Spain and Equatorial Guinea.

9. The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea wishes to point out that in our country peace, order and national harmony reign, factors that promotes an impressive economic development and that do not occur in a Country of a “dictatorship” that is described by the Spanish institutions.

10. We suggest that the Spanish politicians change in their treatment of the subject of Equatorial Guinea, because people are free and sovereign, and also the Equatoguinean people are free and sovereign to express themselves, on their own account, against a dictatorship infringed on them by the different Governments.

Bata, April 10, 2014.

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