– Dear brothers and compatriots, members of the Cabindese nationalist movements,
– Distinguished members of Cabindian civil society and civic associations,
– Reverend brothers of the religious denominations of Cabinda,
– Dear Angolan patriots and nationalists,
– Sub-regional, regional and international organizations,
– Local, national and international press,
– Cabindais people,
– Ladies and gentlemen,
Every human creation or production has always been a response to a specific situation. The birth of the High Council of Cabinda (HCC) on October 24, 2019, whose first anniversary we are celebrating, is no exception to the rule.
In fact, the HCC was born not to further disperse the Cabindan nationalist resistance, but rather as a result of a very specific socio-political and diplomatic context, both nationally and internationally.
At the national or internal level, the absence of a common action plan between the different nationalist movements. It was imperative to guarantee the confidence of the people and the living forces to forge unity of action in diversity, to the extent that common history and destiny have forged in us unity of thought.
At the international level, the great diplomatic offensive of the MPLA government aimed at the disappearance of all Cabindan resistance, whether popular, political or armed.
It is in this context where the political and diplomatic situation extremely unfavorable to the Cabindese cause that the Cabindais nationalists of various movements, civic associations, religious confessions, civil society and independent individuals, after a long and responsible reflection, aware of the danger of disappearance and shipwreck that threatened the just and inalienable cause of the struggle for self-determination of the Cabindian people, gathered in Accra (Republic of Ghana), under the sponsorship of the African Development Organization (OAD), they dared to materialize and, in fact, well concretized, the idea of creating an Assembly (Mbôngi : place of conviviality, exchange and sharing), called the High Council of Cabinda (HCC), the main objective of which is to relaunch the struggle of the Cabindian people for their self-determination. Said political structure is a representative and consultative assembly, whose vocation is to work in search of an internal consensus with the other forces of Cabinda within the framework of a peaceful resolution of the Angolo-Cabindan conflict.
A year later, the HCC salutes and welcomes the achievements and results achieved through the commitment and determination of all its members, despite the difficulties and obstacles encountered along the way.
The Board of Directors of the HCC takes this opportunity to launch a vibrant appeal to all the people of Cabinda to stand firm.
To the Cabindese nationalist movements, by reaffirming that the HCC is a consultative assembly and a framework for reflection open to all, without exception.
To the Angolan Government, that the objective of the HCC is to contribute to the total peace, stability and security of the Angolan people, in general, and that of Cabinda, in particular. To this end, he reiterates his political line concerning the resolution of the “Case of Cabinda” problem. And that if there is a common language to call it “case”, it is because we recognize that it is, in fact, a case in the equation. Not paying special attention to the case would automatically mean obtaining a bad result, and therefore a false final solution.
To the international community, may the Cabindese people remain faithful and firm in the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonized Countries and Peoples, adopted at the United Nations General Assembly on December 14, 1960. Indeed, it is is with great satisfaction that the HCC and the Cabindais people have congratulated the appeal launched by Angola, through the voice of its ambassador, Maria de Jesus Ferreira, to the Kingdom of Morocco and to the Polisario Front to get involved in new negotiations, with a view to speeding up the peaceful, just and permanent resolution of the case of Western Sahara, in accordance with United Nations resolutions and international law. The HCC takes the opportunity to stress that this position of Angola vis-à-vis the brother Saharan people is paradoxical and discriminatory. Angola seems, deliberately, to ignore that the arguments it puts forward to support the struggle of the Saharawi people for their self-determination and their independence are just as valid, from all points of view, as those put forward for the defense of the Sahrawi people. self-determination of the Cabindan people. Is this an injustice to denounce or a case law ?!
LONG LIVE THE CABINDIAN PEOPLE !
LONG LIVE CABINDA’S HIGH ADVICE !
GOD BLESS THE CABINDIAN PEOPLE AND ITS STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE !