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Equatorial Guinea's Desire to Join Luso Portuguese Group Stalled by Angola, Luxophony

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 6 -- Equatorial Guinea wants to join the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), its Ambassador to the UN Anatolio Ndong Mba told Inner City Press on September 1.

  In fact, Equatorial Guinea had previously predicted it would be accepted as a full member of the CPLP, or Lusophonie, by 2010. But now in the chair of the group is Angola, and sources tell Inner City Press this has hurt rather than helped Equatorial Guinea's chances, as least for the next two years.

  Equatorial Guinea's human rights record has been in the spotlight this year, as NGOs have very publicly opposed the country's attempt to get a UNESCO prized named after its president, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.

  As Inner City Press reported in February of this year, and last week, the president's son Teodorin has been documented to have spirited some $100 million out of the country, through Citigroup and Bank of America.

  Angola has no interest in the same NGOs turning their attention to the CPLP during its two years in the chair.

UN DSG Migiro with E.Guineans, Mba at right, Luxophones not shown

 Therefore Equatorial Guinea may have to wait at least two years to join the group, whose eight full members for now are Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tomé and Príncipe and Timor Leste.

In the interim, the country has a “secretariat” to reach with Portuguese matters. A journalist who sought to speak with the secretariat tells Inner City Press that its direct does not speak Portuguese, but instead responded with documents which contained the mis-spelling “Luxophonie” -- that is, luxury. And so it goes in Equatorial Guinea.

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At UN, Equatorial Guinea President's Son's $ 100 Million Wired Into USA is “Just Business,” Pro Moroccan, Pro Kosovo

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 1 -- With Equatorial Guinea under scrutiny for executions and locking up reporters, it's Permanent Representative to the UN Anatolio Ndong Mba spoke to the Press on Wednesday.

  Inner City Press, which covered the Equato-guinean response to the US Senate's report on corrupt finance six months ago, asked Anatolio Ndong Mba where the son of President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue got the $100 million he transferred into the US. Video here, from Minute 26:03.

Anatolio Ndong Mba replied that the president's son Teodorin is “free to do his business.” But Inner City Press asked, what is his business? Video here, from Minute 30:04.

He could make buildings, he could rent houses,” Anatolio Ndong Mba said. But the president's son has a $30 million mansion in Malibu and a recording studio.

Anatolio Ndong Mba argued that with so much money coming into the country from oil companies, with so much “development,” money could not be diverted. “Morocco invests,” he said, giving an example.

Beyond the executions, what about crack downs on the media, Inner City Press asked, including the imprisonment of Rodrigo Nguema, the only foreign correspondent in Malabo? Video here, from Minute 33:44.

  To this was was no answer except that the country aimed to improve. Anatolio Ndong Mba mentioned the Emirates, saying that in other counties, no on asks where money comes from.

UN's Ban and
Anatolio Ndong Mba, $100 million not shown

After the press conference, after the applause of the mission's ringers, Inner City Press asked Anatolio Ndong Mba if his country for example supported a referendum in Western Sahara with independence as an option. No, Anatolio Ndong Mba said.

What about Kosovo, Inner City Press asked. Anatolio Ndong Mba said Equatorial Guinea's foreign policy favors Kosovar independence. Both positions are America's. But a staffer of Anatolio Ndong Mba explained that it comes down to relations with Morocco. Consistency be damned. Watch this site.

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