3 October 2012

Guinea Bissau: A First Step Towards the End of Crisis

Libreville — The African Union Commission (AUC) has facilitated the first meeting of the leaders of Guinea Bissau, which took place at the headquarters of the African Union in New York.

AUC is willing to facilitate the dialogue between the various international stakeholders trying to break the deadlock in Guinea Bissau following the April 12 coup.

Guinea-Bissau is currently headed by a National Transitional Council composed by military and political figures. The next step will be to replace the deceased Head of State, Malam Bacai Sanha.

The New York réunion was facilitated by the Commissioner for Peace and Security, the Algerian Ramtane Lamamra, and AU Observer to the UN and Ambassador Tete Antonio Angola.

At this meeting between the leaders of the country who compete managing the transition period, the two presidents have had fruitful discussions with representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Community of Portuguese speaking countries (CPLP).

Further meetings should be held in the coming weeks in the presence of international organizations in order to promote the launch of a dialogue between the political forces of the country.

Lamamra held a series of consultations with the Secretary-General of the United Nations operations Peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous. They focused on the conflict situations in Africa, particularly in Mali, Somalia, Darfur and in Guinea Bissau.

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