UN / GUINEA-BISSAU

09-May-2013 00:02:11
Jose Ramos Horta, the United Nations' Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau will present to the Security Council the latest report of the Secretary-General on developments in Guinea-Bissau. UNTV
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SOURCE: UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 9 MAY 2013, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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9 MAY 2013, NEW YORK CITY

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Ramos-Horta United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau:
“The operation launched by the US Drug Enforcement Agency that led to the arrest of former Navy Chief of Staff Rear-Admiral Bubo Na Tchuto, and the announcement of the indictment of Guinea-Bissau’s Armed Forces Chief of General Staff, General Antonio Indjau, is a turning point in the fight against drug trafficking in Guinea-Bissau. It is a strong signal to the Bissau-Guinean elite and those using the country as a transit route for drugs, that the international community will not accept Guinea-Bissau being turned into a drug trafficking platform.”
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Ramos-Horta United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau:
“All Bissau-Guineans must absorb a new political culture where elections would not lead to the division of the country and the winner takes it all. Bearing in mind the enormous challenges the Bissau-Guineans face, no single political group can alone manage the transition from the deep hole where Guinea-Bissau has sunk to lasting peace and prosperity. In this regard, it will important for all major political parties to unite in a government of national unity following the next legislative elections.”
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) João Soares Da Gama, Permanent Representative of Guinea-Bissau to the United Nations:
“Our economy, which is highly dependent on external aid, is practically on its knees because of the blocking of aid flows from our principal partners as a result of the coup d’etat of April last year. So as to ensure that we can overcome this current crisis it is urgent that humanitarian assistance be exceptionally granted to our country.”
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10. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The United Nations top official in Guinea-Bissau said today (9 May) that the recent arrest and indictment of two Bissau-Guinean military leaders on charges of drug trafficking “is a turning point in the fight against drug trafficking” in this African country.

José Manuel Ramos-Horta, who is the United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau, said the arrest and indictment constitute “a strong signal to the Bissau-Guinean elite and those using the country as a transit route for drugs, that the international community will not accept Guinea-Bissau being turned into a drug trafficking platform.”

Former Navy Chief of Staff Rear-Admiral Bubo Na Tchuto was arrested in international waters in early April by the US Drug Enforcement Agency which also announced the indictment of Guinea-Bissau’s Armed Forces Chief of General Staff, General Antonio Indjau,

Ramos-Horta was delivering Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on Guinea-Bissau to the Security Council.

Turning to the political situation, he said “all Bissau-Guineans must absorb a new political culture where elections would not lead to the division of the country and the winner takes it all.”

The Special Representative called for a government of national unity following the next legislative elections and said “no single political group can alone manage the transition from the deep hole where Guinea-Bissau has sunk to lasting peace and prosperity.”

The report also said that the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Guinea-Bissau, known as UNIOGBIS, which last year underwent a military coup, should be adjusted to support a two-phase process for the full restoration of constitutional order and medium-term stability in the country.

Ambassador João Soares Da Gama of Guinea-Bissau told the Council that the country’s economy ”is practically on its knees because of the blocking of aid flows from our principal partners as a result of the coup d’etat of April last year.”

In order to overcome the current crisis, Soares Da Gama urgently requested that humanitarian assistance “be exceptionally granted to our country.”

Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau – a West African country with a history of coups, misrule and political instability since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974 – seized power on 12 April 2012.

The coup d’état came ahead of a presidential run-off election that was slated for 22 April between Carlos Gomes Júnior and a former president, Kumba Yala, prompting calls from the international community for a return to civilian rule.
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