Yesterday, Equatorial Guinea presented its conclusions during the last hearings within the frame of the case opposing them to France before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest judicial authority of the United Nations.
During the day, Equatorial Guinea exposed its conclusions. The Equatorial Guinea’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, our country asked the French Republic to “officially recognize 42 avenue Foch in Paris as its diplomatic mission as well as ensuring its protection as stated by the Vienna Convention on International Relations”.
Similarly, the Equatorial Guinean diplomat firmly recalled that “the French Republic has the obligation to put an end to the damage suffered by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, whose compensation amount shall be determined at a later stage”.
Equatorial Guinea brought the case before The Hague to defend its sovereignty and recall the obligations France should uphold regarding international conventions. In addition, by seizing the premises, France did not consider the diplomatic status of the building which houses the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea. “If France has the capacity to change the established rules and principles of international law and thereby violate the rights of Equatorial Guineans of my generation, I can only voice sincerely my deep concerns about how France will treat us if the international justice turns its back on us” defended Nvono-Ncá.
In a clear and concise statement, the ambassador also stressed that “Equatorial Guinea is not the first African country to suffer from a manifest international injustice, especially from France’s ends. Other African states have already appeared before this Court to assert their rights in disputes involving French courts. We sincerely hope that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea will be the last country to say “enough is enough”.
Next Friday, France will end up its cycle of oral allegations and the decision of the magistrates should be announced in the coming months.