Guinea-Bissau – Formation of a national unity government (June 10, 2013)
France welcomes the appointment of the new national unity government led by Prime Minister Rui Duarte Barros.
This is an important step in the transition and stabilization process in Guinea-Bissau since the coup d’état on April 12, 2012.
In accordance with the decisions of the Economic Community of West African States, this government should very swiftly lead the country toward parliamentary and presidential elections by the end of the year.
France encourages the stakeholders to do everything possible to ensure that the country is able to complete its transition in an atmosphere of calm. It reaffirms the importance of the security sector reforms, including the fight against drug trafficking, the fight against impunity and respect for human rights, prerequisites for Guinea-Bissau’s long-term stability in its regional environment.