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Guinea-Bissau (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - April 19, 2012)

Q : In Guinea Bissau, the junta and certain political parties have signed an agreement establishing a two-year transition. What is France’s response, given that the AU and ECOWAS have already rejected this agreement?

A : We condemned the coup d’état carried out by Guinea Bissau’s armed forces and called for the immediate restoration of constitutional order, for respect for the physical integrity of the prisoners and for their immediate release. We stand by these demands and encourage the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) to work together in order to jointly define, together with Guinea Bissau’s stakeholders, a process to resolve the crisis that will respect constitutional order. In this respect, the agreement to which you’re referring achieves nothing.

The Ministre d’Etat spoke this morning with his Portuguese counterpart, Mr. Paulo Porta, about the situation in Guinea Bissau. They both agreed that it was essential that the process to resolve the crisis be the result of coordinated action by all regional actors concerned, in particular the AU, ECOWAS and the CPLP.



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