The UN Security Council on Monday urged the military in Guinea-Bissau to stay away from the political crisis in that country, again calling for the holding of the presidential election on November 24 as scheduled.
« The members of the Security Council welcome the absence of interference by Guinea-Bissau’s security and defense forces and urge them to maintain this attitude in the political and electoral process and beyond, » said a statement approved in April. unanimously after an in camera meeting.
On Saturday, Bissau-Guinean President José Mario Vaz, who has been the target of fierce criticism by the international community for the political crisis since the end of October, spoke with the deputy chief of staff, General Mamadu Ture Kuruma. nothing filters the conversation.
This was in New York (USA) the second meeting in 10 days of the Security Council on Guinea-Bissau, requested by the three African members of the body, Equatorial Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa.
Fears of « civil war »
In reaffirming the « legitimacy » of the government of Prime Minister Aristides Gomes to organize the presidential election, « members of the Security Council encourage all political actors to work together to hold the presidential election on 24 November » as planned, adds their statement . Aristides Gomes was sacked at the end of October by President Vaz.
The Security Council also reiterates in its text its « deep concern » at the continuing political and institutional crisis in Guinea-Bissau.
The outcome depends largely on President Vaz, after an extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States Friday in Niamey who warned against the risk of a new « civil war » « . Fears of a possible coup are fueled by the history of the former Portuguese colony, which has gone from coup d’etat to attempted coup d’etat since its independence in 1974.