Progress reported in political stability in Guinea-Bissau

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A wide view of the Security Council in session (file photo). UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The new government of Guinea Bissau is making progress in building a democratic system in the country.

That's what Ambassador Antonio Patriota of Brazil, Chair of the Guinea-Bissau Configuration told the Security Council on Thursday as it met to discuss the situation in the West African country.

Stephanie Castro reports.

Ambassador Patriota said there had been what he described as "commendable" achievements" since June when the new government came to power in Guinea Bissau.

He said despite the existing challenges posed by rampant poverty and the legacy of decades of unsatisfactory governance, a better and more stable future for the country seems to be within reach.

Ambassador Patriota updated the Security Council on the work of his government.

"In the seven months since the new authorities have been in power, politics has been conducted wisely and courageously, including on so many issues such as the reform of the defense and security apparatus, the need to rebuild the social contact through national dialogue and reconciliation and improving the justice system." (17")

Ambassador Patriota urged regional neighbours and partners of Guinea Bissau to contribute to the success of a meeting about his country's future scheduled to be held in Brussels.

Stephanie Castro , United Nations.

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