Security Council extends mandate of UN office in Guinea-Bissau for a year

The United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of the five-year-old UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) for another year and expanded its work, citing the Transitional Government's need for help in structuring mechanisms for national reconciliation and reform.

Guinea-Bissau faces challenges but donors must remain committed, Annan says

With emergency United Nations funding for Guinea-Bissau running out by the end of this month and despite a military mutiny in October, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is appealing for continued political, financial and technical assistance to the West African country so that it can be stabilized and carry out sustainable development plans.

Security Council condemns use of force in Guinea-Bissau

Reacting to the recent assassinations of top military officials in Guinea-Bissau, the United Nations Security Council today said the parties in the country must not attempt to seize power by force.

Security Council president says Guinea-Bissau facing failure

The international community must cooperate in helping Guinea-Bissau, which is at “grave risk” of becoming a failed State, the permanent representative of the United Kingdom, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency for October, said today.

Annan deplores actions of mutinous soldiers in Guinea-Bissau

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today deplored the action by a group of mutinous soldiers in Guinea-Bissau that led to the death Wednesday of the country's armed forces Chief of Staff.

Security Council urges Guinea-Bissau's leaders to persist on peace path

The political leaders, public institutions and authorities in the troubled West African nation of Guinea-Bissau must persevere with the peace process beyond next year's scheduled presidential polls if they want to reap all the benefits, the President of the Security Council said today.

Annan selects two envoys to fill posts in Guinea-Bissau and Côte d'Ivoire

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed new envoys to work with two United Nations missions in West Africa as the world body continues its efforts to build a sustainable peace and generate stability and economic development in Guinea-Bissau and Côte d'Ivoire.

Guinea-Bissau: UN warns of tension building ahead of presidential poll

The United Nations Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) today warned that "the current verbal escalation among the political actors" is endangering the political process in the small West African country ahead of presidential elections next March after years of conflict, including a coup d'état last year.

Security Council commends democratic progress in Guinea-Bissau

The United Nations Security Council today commended the Government of Guinea-Bissau for completing a phase of the transitional process leading to the 2005 presidential election, but said it was concerned about the West African country’s structural weaknesses.

Guinea-Bissau’s democracy and economy need strengthening, UN says

Guinea-Bissau’s democratization process is fragile and, with government revenues falling below projections, unpaid salary arrears are still a critical problem for the West African country, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report to the UN Security Council.