Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union and the Political and Security Committee of the European Union have called for "concerted international action" and inclusive solution to the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, worsened
by the coup d'etat of 12 April.
According to a statement, made available to PANA in Luanda, Angola, the call is part of the recommendations at the fifth annual advisory meeting between the two councils, held from 29 to 30 May, 2012, in the Belgian capital, Brussels.
It said that the two bodies reiterated their previous positions, strongly condemning the coup and advocating the immediate restoration of constitutional order in the country with the renewal of mandates of the political democratic authorities by the coupists.
In their view, the situation in Guinea-Bissau requires concerted international action between the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), the United Nations and the European Union, to restore constitutional order, lead the reform of the defence and security sector as well as fight against drug trafficking and impunity in the country.
Reiterating concern over the "negative impact" of drug trafficking and organized crime on the situation in the country, they also pleaded for the resumption of the electoral process, interrupted by the military coup, when the country was preparing the second round of the early presidential election, following the death of the democratically-elected president, Bacai Sanha.
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