Ban deplores use of force to settle differences in Guinea-Bissau

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Ban Ki-moon

The Secretary-General has condemned the use of force to settle differences in Guinea-Bissau and has called for the respect of lawful civilian authorities in the West African country.

On Monday, a group of military officers attacked army headquarters and seized weapons, according to an official statement by the Government

Following the event, some senior army officials and civilians have reportedly been arrested.

Vladimir Monteiro, of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea Bissau or UNIOGBIS, says the situation is now calm.

"People are working public transports are functioning, but at the same time there are several statements at civil society level for example regarding the 26 December events. We also have some political parties taking a stand on what happened. The government is also functioning. And today, Guinea- Bissau received the visit of the African Union Commission's President, Jean Ping."

UNIOGBIS has been tasked with promoting stability in Guinea-Bissau, which has been beset by coups and political instability since independence from Portugal in the early 1970s.

Duration: 26''

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