AU Peace and Security Council reiterates concern over political standoff in Guinea Bissau

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has underscored the need for the security and armed forces of Guinea Bissau to refrain from interfering in the country’s political and institutional crisis and to continue to uphold the national constitution.

In the same vein, the Council has urged all Bissau-Guinean parties to refrain from actions or statements that could escalate tensions and incite violence.

Following its session on the prevailing situation in the West African country, the PSC issued a communiqué on Wednesday reiterating its deep concern over the continued political standoff in Guinea Bissau.

Coupled with persistent socioeconomic difficulties caused to the people, the political standoff has affected government institutions and the National Assembly.

The PSC has reaffirmed its commitment to closely follow up all political developments and to support of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in its efforts to ensure a swift resolution of the protracted crisis in Guinea-Bissau.

The last session of the AU Assembly, held from 28-29 January 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, called on Bissau-Guinean stakeholders to abide by their commitments so as to resolve the crisis and ensure a successful and timely conduct of the upcoming 2018 legislative elections.

Also, the Assembly endorsed the decision adopted by the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS on 27 January 2018 on the situation in Guinea-Bissau.

According to the communiqué, the PSC has commended the efforts deployed by ECOWAS to finding a lasting solution to the current crisis in Guinea Bissau and welcomed the decision Imposing Individual Sanctions Aimed at Restoring Democratic Governance and Ensuring Respect for the Rule of Law in Guinea Bissau issued by the ECOWAS Authority on 4 February 2018.
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