Angola: Parliament Speaker Highlights Efforts Towards Peace Preservation

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New York — The Speaker of the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament), Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, said last Monday in New York, USA, that in Angola there is a general commitment to the preservation of peace through permanent, trustworthy dialogue and institutional co-operation.

Speaking at the 4th World Conference of Parliament Speakers, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos stated that this effort aims to concolidate democracy, economic growth, prosperity and common good, with the Parliament taking a determining position in such dynamics.

Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos said also that the main responsibility in terms of the preservation of peace lies on the state and parliaments, so they must really work closely with the citizens.

He wen on to say that parliaments must be, above all, more productive and innovators, making laws that can be more easily understood by the common citizen, thus contributing to the improvement of social welfare.

At this point, he highlighted the progresses being made in Angola, at parliamentary level, considering that the holding of monthly debates on important issues like national reconciliation, training of staffs, economy diversification, among others, have contributed to a broader political openness and dialogue.

To him, the unanimous approval of the plan of fundamental tasks to prepare and hold the general and local elections is a reflection of the existing plurality of ideas and consolidation of multi-party democracy in Angola.

As regards peace and security, he said Angola is committed at all levels, contributing to peace in the African continent and the world.

He then clarified that the culture of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation has been seen as a pillar in the young democracy of Angola.

The Fourth World Conference of Parliament Speakers is set to end on September 02 and it is being attended by representatives from all over the world.

The Angolan delegation, led by Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, also include the MPs Carolina Cerqueira, Exalgina Gamboa and Ernesto Mulato, as well as the secretary-general of the National Assembly, Pedro Agostinho de Neri.

SOURCE:  AllAfrica.com, 01/09/2015, http://allafrica.com/stories/201509010992.html