NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 14 – Guinea-Bissau is one of the countries of West Africa involved in drugs and migrants trafficking. Addressing the UN Security Council, Italy expressed support to the regional strategy of UNODC, the Vienna based UN against drugs and organized crimes, and called for special protections to the most vulnerable subjects such as women and children. The Un Deputy Permanent Representative Inigo Lambertini spoke to the Security Council following a briefing of Modibo Touré, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS).
In the face of continued political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, a more sustained and well-coordinated approach is required to sustain economic gains, said Mr Touré, calling for “faithful” implementation of a regionally-brokered road-map.
“Any breakthrough in the political dialogue would remain short-lived if the structural causes of the instability are not addressed,” Mr. Touré said today. “It will therefore be critical for national actors to implement the provisions in the Conakry Agreement related to the review of the Constitution in order to clarify the provisions that have given rise to inter-institutional conflicts in the past.”
The Conakry Agreement was signed in October last year following talks between political leaders, civil society and religious leaders of Guinea-Bissau. The talks were hosted by the regional bloc Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) in Guinea’s capital Conakry.
According to Italy’s Lambertini there is a common thread that binds the Security Council interest for Guinea Bissau and the recent meetings organized by the Council on West Africa and the Sahel. The Italian envoy agreed on the need to strengthen political pressure so that the government and all the political players respect the agreements, as the only way to pursue ahead of next elections.
Italy supports the activities UNIOGBIS, and in fact it would like to see a more active role as far as offering its good offices to the parties. Addressing the Council, Mr. Toure said that UNIOGBIS is currently working to take forward a partnership initiative with the UNCT, the World Bank, and other interested bilateral and multilateral partners to effectively strengthen local resilience and promote peace in Guinea-Bissau, in line with relevant the Security Council resolution on a more integrated political, security and developmental approach to sustaining peace. (@OnuItalia)