United action needed to resolve crisis in Guinea-Bissau

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Joseph Mutaboba, Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau

There is need to coordinate efforts to resolve the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau where soldiers seized power on 12 April.

That's what Joseph Mutaboba, the head of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office for Guinea-Bissau, told UN Radio on Tuesday.

Mr. Mutaboba said he has met in New York with representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU).

"By the time we all agree on a way forward it will mean that we can all of us have the same objectives and act as one. So far, everybody has made a statement: 'We need the restoration of constitutional order, we need this and that.' It's good but the action should be united also, and that's where we are now."

The UN envoy was in New York where he addressed the Security Council on Monday.

He described the situation in Guinea-Bissau as "very depressing," as there is no cash flow and people have resorted to bartering.

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