Calls for UN force for Guinea-Bissau

AP News
Posted: Apr 19, 2012 10:56 PM

An emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the coup in Guinea-Bissau has heard calls for deployment of a U.N. peacekeeping force.

The calls have come from the foreign minister in the country's ousted government and the representative of Portuguese-speaking countries.

Foreign Minister Mamadu Saliu Djalo, who was out of the country when soldiers violently took over the presidency on April 12, begged the council to authorize a peacekeeping force with a long-term mandate.

He says that's necessary "to allow for the establishment of a legitimate democratic state in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau."

Angola's Foreign Minister Georges Rebelo Chikoti, speaking on behalf of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries, also urged the council to create a peacekeeping force.

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