Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 November 2008

Guinea-Bissau / UN Secretary-General strongly condemns the armed attack on President Bernardo João Vieira’s official residence in Bissau

 


 

 

Guinea-Bissau / UN Secretary-General strongly condemns the armed attack on President Bernardo João Vieira’s official residence in Bissau

 

BISSAU, Guinea Bissau, November 25, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

And the spokesperson for the general assembly president

 

 

As you know, we issued a statement yesterday on Guinea-Bissau, a statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

 

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the armed attack early in the morning of 23 November on President Bernardo João Vieira’s official residence in Bissau.  The Secretary-General has noted with great concern reports of the alleged involvement of elements of the Armed Forces of Guinea-Bissau in the attack, and calls upon them to refrain from any measures that could further destabilize the country.

 

This violent action, which comes so soon after the people of Guinea-Bissau, in legislative elections on 16 November, had massively manifested their desire for peaceful democratic governance, could have a devastating impact on the country’s fragile stability.  The Secretary-General calls on the authorities to re-establish law and order and to conduct a thorough investigation with a view to ensuring respect for the rule of law and human rights.

 

The Secretary-General believes that this destructive pattern of instability and disrespect for the democratic institutions of this country must come to an end.  The Secretary-General’s Representative in Guinea-Bissau, Mr. Shola Omoregie, is working closely with national authorities, regional leaders and other partners to help stabilize the country.

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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