Envoy stresses importance of unity in resolving Guinea-Bissau crisis

27 July 2012

Nearly four months ago, soldiers in Guinea-Bissau took power in a coup d’état just prior to a scheduled presidential run-off election.

Joseph Mutaboba, head of the UN office in the West African nation, this week told the Security Council it was important that all sides work together to restore constitutional order and assist the country.

 Mr. Mutaboba spoke to Maha Fayek about the numerous challenges Guinea-Bissau is facing, including food and water shortages, drug trafficking and high youth unemployment.

Guinea-Bissau’s main cash crop is the cashew nut, with 200,000 tonnes exported in 2011.  But, he says, as a result of the 12 April coup, production this year will be halved.

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