UN peacebuilding effort in Guinea-Bissau renewed, political crisis continues

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The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2267 (2016), extending by a year the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), until 28 February 2017. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The mandate for the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office for Guinea-Bissau has been renewed by the Security Council for another year, amidst on-going political turmoil in the West African country.

There's been a political impasse between leading government figures since August last year, and the UN envoy there warned last week there was an absence of "sincere dialogue".

Matthew Wells reports.

The UN peacebuilding office in Guinea-Bissau warned recently that the drawn-out political crisis would likely get worse unless the different parties vying for power can settle their differences.

Both state institutions and political leaders remain divided, and in renewing the office's mandate on Friday, the Security Council sent a signal that the UN envoy would continue to try and bring them together.

The mandate outlines priority areas for the office, including the Special Representative's "good offices" role, support for reform of the security sector, and continued mobilization of international aid.

The resolution passed, urges bilateral and regional support for the Economic Community of West African States Security Mission in Guinea-Bissau.

The mission is widely seen as having been an effective deterrent to the military intervening, with its history of coups, during the last six months of political disarray.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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