UNSC Press Statement on the Situation in Guinea Bissau
The members of the Security Council took note of the appointment on 17 September 2015, of Mr. Carlos Correia, first Vice-President of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), the majority political party in the National Assembly, as Prime-Minister of Guinea-Bissau. The members of the Security Council emphasised this as an important step towards bringing an end to the political crisis that has prevailed in the country since mid-August 2015. The members of the Security Council stressed the importance of the appointment of a new Government as soon as possible, and in full respect with constitutional procedures.
The members of the Security Council commended the respect for the Constitution and the rule of law demonstrated by the Bissau-Guinean actors, including the non-interference of the security forces in the political situation in the country and the restraint shown in this regard. The members of the Security Council further commended the peaceful way Guinea-Bissau’s population is following the political situation in the country.
The members of the Security Council again recalled resolution 2203 (2015) and stressed the importance of national reconciliation, inclusive dialogue and good governance. In this regard, they urged the Bissau-Guinean actors to uphold and proceed with continuous and constructive dialogue, within the established constitutional parameters and with respect for the separation of powers, in order to strengthen democratic governance and work towards consensus on key political issues, particularly with regards to the implementation of the necessary urgent reforms.
The members of the Security Council recalled the Council’s commitment to support the authorities of Guinea-Bissau and noted that the pledges made at the March 2015 Brussels International Donor Conference required a stable political environment in order to most effectively materialise. The members of the Security Council further noted that courageous and inclusive political steps should be taken to help realise these pledged commitments, in the best interests of all Bissau-Guineans.
The members of the Security Council commended the coordinated approach and common messaging from regional and international actors, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), the United Nations, the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the European Union (EU) throughout this period. They further highlighted the efforts of Presidents Macky Sall, of Senegal, Alpha Condé, of the Republic of Guinea, and Olusegun Obasanjo, Special Envoy of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, to facilitate dialogue in Guinea-Bissau.
The members of the Security Council also welcomed the decision taken by the Extraordinary Session of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Governments held in Dakar on 12 September 2015, to extend ECOMIB’s mandate until June 2016 and recalled the provisions of resolution 2203 (2015) in this regard. In this respect, they commended the decision of the EU to provide financial support to this Mission.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for the key role and active engagement of Miguel Trovoada, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), including his good offices and close coordination with the international community.