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
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.