Envoy sees signs of hope amid challenges in Guinea-Bissau

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Jose Ramos-Horta, Special Representative of the Secretary-General-designate and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS)

The UN and its partners in Guinea-Bissau are working to support negotiations for elections tentatively set for November, according to the top UN envoy in the country, Jose Ramos-Horta.

Guinea-Bissau experienced a military coup a year ago, resulting in its suspension from the African Union, and he says the country will have to have a more inclusive government if it is to be readmitted to the organization.

Ramos-Horta on Thursday briefed the Security Council on UN efforts in Guinea-Bissau alongside partners such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), the African Union and the European Union (EU).

The Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Timor-Leste talks to UN Radio's Mônica Villela Grayley about signs of hope in the West African nation, and how his own country is contributing to development there.

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