18 October 2012

Angola: UN, AU Acknowledge Angola's Aid to Guinea-Bissau

Luanda — The United Nations and the African Union (AU) Thursday in Luanda reaffirmed the recognition that Angola remains committed to addressing the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau following the April coup d'état.

This was recognised at the end of a meeting between an Angolan delegation led by the Foreign minister, Georges Chicoty, with representatives of the UN and AU to Guinea-Bissau, Joseph Mutabola and Ovidio Pequeno, respectively.Joseph Mutabola said that Angola is tasked with helping Guinea-Bissau, a country it considers brother, and which is faced with problems that must be overcome peacefully.

As for the meeting, the official said it aimed to analyse the situation and bring positions closer, stressing that despite the important role played by the international community, the solution of the crisis rests with Guinea itself.

He stated there has been an effort to sensitise the parties and partners (CPLP, ECOWAS, UN and AU) toward harmonising their views and accept that Guineans have a word to say.

In his turn, the AU representative to Guinea-Bissau, Ovidio Pequeno, said that the meeting served to exchange information on the current situation in that country, with a view to harmonising positions between the Portuguese Speaking Community (CPLP) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

According to him, the military members are part of the Guinean society and it there is need for time to tackle the issues and return the institutional order to the country.

Regarding the situation in Guinea-Bissau, the AU official said that at the level of security the environment is calm, but he defends a comprehensive solution involving all the living forces of the nation.

He underlined that in the political field efforts continue between the PAIGC and PRS to re-launch parliamentary activity.

At the economic and social level, Ovidio Pequeno said the situation is critical, due to suspension of the aid by the majority of partners, worsened by reduced exports.

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