The European Union and the United Nations are in agreement on the measures to be taken by the international community to support the resolution of the crisis in Guinea-Bissau, according to a statement released today by the European representation in Bissau.
The statement comes after a meeting on Tuesday between the EU ambassador to Bissau, Joaquín González-Ducay, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the country, José Ramos-Horta.
At the end of the meeting, the statement said, González-Ducay said he was satisfied with the “complete convergence of views” on “alternatives that Guinea-Bissau is facing, and the various measures that the international community could adopt to facilitate the completion of the current crisis and to lay the foundations of a solid democracy oriented to social and economic development of the country, in harmony with its partners in the subregion. ”
The two leaders talked about “the need for an inclusive approach” to “provide a roadmap back to democracy based on elections expected before the end of 2013,” and the need to “confront definitively the question of impunity, as well as the humanitarian crisis following the events of 21 October 2012, “the statement said.
The document states that “avoiding more deaths, violence and intimidation “are regarded as an essential condition to achieving progress in finding a lasting solution.”
José Ramos-Horta met recently in Brussels with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and other officials of the Commission and Council.