Posted by: africanpressorganization | 9 April 2009

Guinea-Bissau / Security Council



Guinea-Bissau /
Security Council


NEW YORK, April 9, 2009/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



The Security Council this morning received an open briefing on the volatile situation in Guinea-Bissau from Joseph Mutaboba, the Secretary-General’s Representative to that country.  He said that, following the assassinations of the country’s President and [Army] Chief of General Staff on 1 March, there has been a broad consensus to hold elections on 28 June.


Mutaboba said that a commission of inquiry is essential to end the cycles of violence and impunity in the country.  He told the Security Council that it is important to send a signal to the security forces and Government of Guinea-Bissau that they are responsible for protecting and upholding the human rights of the country’s people.


The Council then went into consultations to discuss the matter further, and to consider a draft presidential statement on Guinea-Bissau.



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


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