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Assistant Secretary-General Bintou Keita told the Security Council that 2019 “is a pivotal year for Guinea-Bissau to seize the opportunity to end the recurring cycle of instability that has hampered its socioeconomic development for decades.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 10 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

10 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“2019 is a pivotal year for Guinea-Bissau to seize the opportunity to end the recurring cycle of instability that has hampered its socioeconomic development for decades. The risk of further instability in the period leading to the presidential election is high, with political rivalries and poor economic prospects for the population.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“The political environment continues to negatively impact the economic performance of the country and the living conditions of the population. The human rights situation continues to be negatively impacted by socio-economic tensions, including targeted restrictions on freedom and civil liberties. Upholding these tights remains crucial to sustaining peace, stability and development in Guinea-Bissau.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“All national actors must be mindful of their duties towards the people of Guinea-Bissau and the need to transcend narrow individual and party interests. All efforts must be made to ensure the timely holding of an inclusive, credible and peaceful presidential election. Both the Government and the international community should abide by their commitments to provide resources for the election.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Fernando Delfim da Silva, Permanent Representative of Guinea Bissau to the United Nations:
“The government is resolutely engaged in the preparations of the presidential elections scheduled for 24 November. To this end, in consultation with other electoral institutions, it launched a voter lists correction exercise on 16 August. It must be made clear that this process initiated by the government does not enjoy unanimity among political actors or even civil society, but we hope that through dialogue the parties concerned will agree on the process.”
11. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE:

Assistant Secretary-General Bintou Keita today (10 Sep) told the Security Council that 2019 “is a pivotal year for Guinea-Bissau to seize the opportunity to end the recurring cycle of instability that has hampered its socioeconomic development for decades.”

Keita said, “the risk of further instability” in the period leading to the presidential election, slated for 24 November this year, “is high, with political rivalries and poor economic prospects for the population.”

The Assistant Secretary-General told the Council “the political environment continues to negatively impact the economic performance of the country and the living conditions of the population.”

The human rights situation, she said, “continues to be negatively impacted by socio-economic tensions, including targeted restrictions on freedom and civil liberties” and added that “upholding these tights remains crucial to sustaining peace, stability and development in Guinea-Bissau.”

Keita said, “all national actors must be mindful of their duties towards the people of Guinea-Bissau and the need to transcend narrow individual and party interests.”

All efforts, she said, “must be made to ensure the timely holding of an inclusive, credible and peaceful presidential election,” adding that “both the Government and the international community should abide by their commitments to provide resources for the election.”

For his part, Guinea Bissau’s Ambassador Fernando Delfim da Silva, told the Council that “the government is resolutely engaged in the preparations of the presidential elections scheduled for 24 November.”

To this end, he said, “in consultation with other electoral institutions, it launched a voter lists correction exercise on 16 August” and noted that “this process initiated by the government does not enjoy unanimity among political actors or even civil society, but we hope that through dialogue the parties concerned will agree on the process.”

The mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) expires on 28 February 2020.
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