DIAMNIADIO, Senegal (Associated Press)-The South African President recalled the phrase used by the UN Secretary General on Monday that the travel restrictions imposed on South Africa and other African countries to introduce the omicron variant to the world were hypocritical, severe, and unscientific. in accordance with. Who calls these measures “travel apartheid”.
Speaking at the Dakar International Peace and Security Forum, President Cypril Ramaphosa said that these restrictions are punishing people and governments that help inform the world of a new variant of the coronavirus.
“When South African scientists discovered omicron… they immediately assumed the responsibility of informing the world, that a new variant was emerging. And the result?” He asked, replied that it was punishment.
Ramaphosa said these countries are not resorting to science, but self-interest. “We said these bans must be lifted immediately,” he declared.
Ramaphosa said that travel restrictions have affected troubled economies in the region that rely on tourism. The pandemic, access to vaccines, and inequality in the African continent are the focus of leaders in addressing peace and security issues on the continent.
He spoke with Senegalese President McKee Sall, Niger President Mohamed Bazum, African Union President Moussa Faki Mohamed and other world leaders who discussed insecurity, pandemics, and pushing the African continent forward Problems needed for development.
“In addition to COVID-19, we are studying how the African continent can strengthen its own health procedures and systems so that we can withstand future epidemics,” he said, adding that trade and investment between African countries must deepen.
“However, the most critical aspect at the moment is the ongoing negotiations in the World Trade Organization to temporarily abandon the trade-related COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing intellectual property agreement,” he said.
Ramaphosa said that in the WTO negotiations, “this is where we really see the interests of more advanced economies, rich countries… where they refuse to join this proposal,” adding, “they are only interested in advancing Interests interested in their citizens, not citizens of the world.”
South Africa and Senegal, which host their annual conferences, are expected to start producing COVID-19 vaccines next year.
“As an African country, our task is to promote recovery, but recovery is sustainable and inclusive,” he said
At the same time, Thrall emphasized the importance of international solidarity in this uncertain period.
“The emergence of a new variant in several countries reminds us that we are all at risk… and in a state where we must be resilient and determined when necessary when faced with the harmful effects of the dual threats to health and the economy And combat effectiveness. Crisis,” he said, noting that Africa is also “especially vulnerable to climate change, the intensification of terrorist attacks and the resurgence of coups. The emergency is here.”
Thrall said that no government, country or continent can ensure collective security, only international solidarity can ensure it.
“Environmental and health departments, organized crime, piracy, cybercrime, immigration and all other cross-border challenges, no country can face it alone,” Sal said. “This means that peace and security in Africa are an indispensable part of world peace and security.”
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