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Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the head of the UN mission in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) Rosine H. Sori-Coulibaly said, “the upcoming post-electoral period could represent a window of opportunity for sustainable peace and stability, national cohesion and reconciliation, should there be political will and commitment by national stakeholders.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 14 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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14 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosine H. Sori-Coulibaly, Special Representative of the Secretary- General and Head of United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS):
“The upcoming post-electoral period could represent a window of opportunity for sustainable peace and stability, national cohesion and reconciliation, should there be political will and commitment by national stakeholders.”
4.Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosine H. Sori-Coulibaly, Special Representative of the Secretary- General and Head of United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS):
“National authorities should renew efforts to build a culture of accountability at all levels of the State. Progress in human rights and gender mainstreaming represents key peacebuilding components. Accordingly, political stakeholders — and a free and respected media — should set the tone to curb all forms of discrimination and hate speech. Most importantly, as history has taught us, ethnic and religious discourse must not find its way into the political arena.”
6.Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosine H. Sori-Coulibaly, Special Representative of the Secretary- General and Head of United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS):
“During the critical post-electoral period, all political forces and civil society organizations should be encouraged to commit to political dialogue and to building consensus on important national priorities to consolidate peace and stability. Regional
and international stakeholders must also remain engaged.”
8.Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ronaldo Costa Filho, Chair of the Guinea-Bissau Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission:
“The UN's role will be to ensure coherent and coordinated approach in support of nationally-led efforts to take forward policies .and programs, that address the root causes of instability and promote peace and development. The Commission remains committed to supporting UNIOGBIS' central role in contributing to these efforts. It will be important for the international community to continue to help the Government to strengthen democratic and inclusive institutions, to assist in internal reforms, to support the engagement of women and youth in peacebuilding and to promote and protect human rights.”
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria Antonieta Pinto Lopes D'alva, Minister Counsellor, Charge D'affairs of Guinea-Bissau:
“The government of Guinea-Bissau welcomes the positions of the UN,the ECOWAS and the African Union on the need for the pronouncement of the competent Judicial Office of the country, on the post-election crises, because we believe that only with free, fair and transparent elections we will be able to strengthen the democratic rule of law in our country where the sovereign will of the people can prevail.”
12.Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the head of the UN mission in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) Rosine H. Sori-Coulibaly said, “the upcoming post-electoral period could represent a window of opportunity for sustainable peace and stability, national cohesion and reconciliation, should there be political will and commitment by national stakeholders.”

Briefing the Security Council today (14 Feb) on the situation in Guinea-Bissau, the head of UNIOGBIS Rosine H. Sori-Coulibaly noted that Since her last briefing to the Council, Guinea-Bissau has witnessed renewed tensions among political stakeholders, hampering stabilization and the Government’s ability to focus on the country’s economic performance and on improving the living conditions of the population.

She stated that following the peaceful holding of the presidential election and the announcement bythe National Electoral Commission (CNE) that Umato Sissoco Embald, candidate from the Movement for Democratic Change (MADEM-G15), had won the poll , the PAIGC candidate, Domingos Simdes Pereira, filed a legal challenge with the Supreme Court of Justice claiming electoral irregularities and fraud.

Sori-Coulibaly reiterated, “during the critical post-electoral period, all political forces and civil society organizations should be encouraged to commit to political dialogue and to building consensus on important national priorities to consolidate peace and stability. Regional and international stakeholders must also remain engaged.”

She also noted that within the framework of Guinea-Bissau’s Stability Pact, there is an urgent need for a far-reaching reform agenda that includes the constitutional review, the electoral law and the political parties’ law reforms, as well as the reform of the Defense and Security Sector, and the Judiciary.

The Special Representative reiterated, “National authorities should renew efforts to build a culture of accountability at all levels of the State. Progress in human rights and gender mainstreaming represents key peacebuilding components. Accordingly, political stakeholders — and a free and respected media — should set the tone to curb all forms of discrimination and hate speech.”

She continued, “most importantly, as history has taught us, ethnic and religious discourse must not find its way into the political arena.”

Also speaking at the Council, Brazilian Ambassador and Chair of the Guinea-Bissau Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission Ronaldo Costa Filho stated that once the legal proceedings on the electoral results are settled, the country will for the first time in its history an elected president handing over the office to another democratically elected president.

Reiterating that the transition should not be a UN-centred process, Filho said “the UN's role will be to ensure coherent and coordinated approach in support of nationally-led efforts to take forward policies and programs, that address the root causes of instability and promote peace and development.”

The Chair of the Commission also reaffirmed its commitment to “supporting UNIOGBIS' central role in contributing to these efforts,” adding that “It will be important for the international community to continue to help the Government to strengthen democratic and inclusive institutions, to assist in internal reforms, to support the engagement of women and youth in peacebuilding and to promote and protect human rights.”

Maria Antonieta Pinto Lopes D'alva, the Minister Counsellor and Charge D'affairs of Guinea-Bissau told the Council that her country “welcomes the positions of the UN, the ECOWAS and the African Union on the need for the pronouncement of the competent Judicial Office of the country, on the post-election crises.”

She explained, “because we believe that only with free, fair and transparent elections we will be able to strengthen the democratic rule of law in our country where the sovereign will of the people can prevail.”

She noted that the Government remains positive that after the electoral process is finally settled, there will be a new beginning for Guinea-Bissau.
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