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Security Council Press Statement on Guinea-Bissau

11.11.2019 - Press release

The members of the Security Council were briefed by Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) Rosine Sori-Coulibaly on the evolving political situation in Guinea-Bissau.

The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern at the continuing political and institutional crisis and reaffirmed the legitimacy of the government of Prime Minister Aristides Gomes, responsible for organising the presidential election on 24 November 2019.

The members of the Security Council welcomed the non-interference of Guinea-Bissau’s defense and security forces and urged them to maintain this attitude throughout and beyond the electoral and political process.

The members of the Security Council welcomed the role of ECOWAS in Guinea-Bissau, including its decisions to support the electoral process by providing financial support of $1.5 million, to strengthen its mission in Guinea-Bissau (ECOMIB), and to send a mission of heads of state and government to Bissau on 16 November 2019.

The members of the Security Council encouraged all political actors to work together to hold the presidential election on 24 November 2019 in accordance with the established timetable, and welcomed the efforts of ECOWAS, and the Group of Five in Guinea-Bissau in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their deep concern for the serious drug trafficking problem in Guinea-Bissau and the impact it plays in the political life of the country, contributing to fuel the underlying conflict.

The members of the Security Council reminded all stakeholders that it would consider taking appropriate measures against those who undermine stability in Guinea-Bissau.

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