Security Council concerned over Guinea Bissau's political "gridlock"

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Elbio Oscar Rosselli Frieri, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the UN and President of the Security Council for May, briefs journalists following closed Council consultations on the situation in Guinea-Bissau. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The members of the Security Council have issued a statement expressing their "deep concern over the current gridlock in Guinea Bissau".

A protracted political and institutional crisis has gripped the country because of the inability of political stakeholders to reach a lasting and consensual solution.

A deal reached by the parties last year in neighbouring Guinea, Conakry, to resolve the crisis, has yet to be implemented.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

The Guinea Bissauns have not had a budget for the last year-and-a-half, Elbio Rosselli, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations briefed the press in New York late on Thursday. 

He made the remarks after UN political affairs chief, Jeffrey Feltman, briefed the Security Council on the situation in the West African country. 

Every few months there is a new change of Prime Minister, who is unable to get his programme of work through the congress, said Ambassador Rosselli. 

"The Conakry Agreement has not been fulfilled and therefore it's our call to the leadership and to all the political parties in Guinea Bissau to take on their responsibilities, to come to an agreement and get the country into a normal situation, a functioning." 

Under the Conakry Agreement, a prime minister, appointed by the Guinea Bissau President, should remain in office until the 2018 legislative elections. 

The prime minister, accepted by all the political parties, would then form an inclusive government in line with the principle of "proportional representation". 

The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, also announced it is moving ahead with the full withdrawal by 30 June of its troops, stationed in Guinea Bissau since the military coup in April 2012, under a six-point road map.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations. 

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