Two more pieces of news from the CPLP summit

Friday, July 27, 2012

Two more pieces of news to share from the recent CPLP summit where Equatorial Guinea was told to try again next time with better results on human rights if it wants to join:

--- The presidency of Angola has said that it is giving priority to promoting the Portuguese language with one of the goals being eventually having it as an official language of the UN. This is a subject you'll see in the Portuguese media from time to time. See this article from the New York Times in 2006 for more on this.

--- The other and more interesting article is this one - The president of São Tomé e Príncipe believes that Equatorial Guinea will be able to join (or rather that it should have been able to join), saying that there is a lot of misinformation about the country as viewed from the outside:

The head of the country said that when Equatorial Guinea requested joining the CPLP he saw it as "the prodigal son wanting to return home", considering the historical relations between Portugal and Equatorial Guinea. "And what is said about Equatorial Guinea? It is said, for example, that it has the death penalty. And the United States does not?"

The president said that he hoped that Equatorial Guinea would be admitted as a full member of the CPLP at the next summit in 2014 in Dili, the capital of East Timor.


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