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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

AU urges Guinea-Bissau parties to refrain from
actions that could escalate tensions in country

ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- Reiterating its deep concern over the continued political standoff in Guinea Bissau, the African Union (AU) has urged all parties in the country to refrain from actions or statements that could escalate tensions and incite violence in the country. 

The Peace and Security Council of the pan-African bloc has held a meeting on the situation in Guinea-Bissau, where the political standoff coupled with the persistent socio-economic difficulties caused a crisis in the country, according to an AU statement on Thursday.

Commending the efforts deployed by the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) to finding a lasting solution to the current crisis in Guinea Bissau, the Council has welcomed the decision imposing individual sanctions aimed at restoring democratic governance and ensuring respect for the rule of law the country. 

The decision was taken by the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on Feb. 4 following the assessment mission of the high level delegation to Guinea-Bissau.

The Council also reaffirmed its commitment to continue to closely follow all political developments and to support ECOWAS in its efforts to ensure a swift resolution of the protracted crisis in Guinea-Bissau.

It has underscored the need for the security and armed forces of Guinea Bissau to refrain from interfering in this political and institutional crisis and to continue to uphold the country’s constitution;

The Council has called on AU member states and partners to financially support the continuation of the mandate of the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea-Bissau (ECOMIB) operations.

In this regard, the Council has requested the AU Commission, in consultations with ECOWAS, to mobilize financial resources to support ECOMIB operations.

It has also called on the international community to extend full cooperation with ECOWAS and support the implementation of the sanction measures.

             

 

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