UN chief calls on military, political leaders in Guinea-Bissau to resolve differences by peaceful means

April 2, 2010 12:09 pm 

UNITED NATIONS, April 2 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Thursday called on the military and political leadership in Guinea-Bissau to "resolve differences by peaceful means" and "to avoid any risks to the gains" made by the West African country in its current peace consolidation efforts.

A statement, issued by Ban's spokesman, said, the secretary- general "calls on the military and political leadership of Guinea-Bissau to resolve differences by peaceful means and to maintain constitutional order and ensure respect for the rule of law."

Guinea-Bissau's Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior was briefly detained on Thursday by military officers amid renewed fears of coup in the Atlantic Ocean country in West Africa.

Instability including the 1998-1999 civil war has haunted the country of 1.5 million population since its independence from Portugal 35 years ago. Coup attempts have repeatedly hit the headlines in Guinea-Bissau, especially since 2008. (PNA/Xinhua)

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