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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Notes to correspondents

Note to Correspondents, in response to questions on the attack on a military base in Guinea-Bissau on 21 October

New York, 22 October 2012


The United Nations condemns this attack, and we regret the loss of lives as a result of the incident. We are following the situation closely.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), Joseph Mutaboba, has been in contact with authorities and the international community in Guinea-Bissau and has been keeping UN headquarters closely informed of developments.

We are appealing for calm and calling on all in Guinea Bissau to resolve differences by peaceful means, including through inclusive dialogue, consistent with Security Council Resolution 2048 of 18 May 2012.

The United Nations will continue to work with Bissau-Guineans and international partners, especially the African Union, the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS), the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the European Union, to implement Security Council Resolution 2048, in which the Council demanded immediate steps to restore and respect constitutional order, including a democratic electoral process.