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Ban expresses concern over deepening crisis in Guinea-Bissau

The UN scribe, Ban Ki-moon has expressed concerned over the deepening of political crisis in Guinea-Bissau despite calls by the international community for the immediate restoration of constitutional order.

Ban, in a statement by his spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, said that the leaders of the April 12, coup d’eta had failed to announce plans to establish a national transitional government.

“This is particularly disturbing as it comes at a time when the people of Guinea-Bissau should be preparing through multi-party democratic elections to elect a new President,’’ the statement quoted Ban as saying.

It noted that the Secretary-General remained concerned about the continued detention of Guinea-Bissau’s interim President, the Prime Minister and other national officials.

According to the statement, Ban reiterated call for their immediate release.

It stated that UN scribe had spoken with Mr Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, Chairperson of the ECOWAS, Mr Jean Ping, and Chairperson of the AU Commission to intensify cooperation with the region.

The statement added that Ban had also spoken with other leaders toward finding a speedy and lasting solution to the political crisis in the country.
It said that the Secretary-General welcomed the efforts undertaken by ECOWAS, the AU and other partners of Guinea-Bissau to facilitate the restoration of constitutional order in the country.

The statement reaffirmed the continued support of the UN to the efforts, including through the UN Integrated Peace-building Office for Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). ((NAN)


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