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U.N. Rejects Guinea-Bissau’s Military Leaders, Threatens Sanctions

Posted April 21st, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Security Council has condemned a military coup in Guinea- Bissau and threatened additional action against the West African nation. The council Saturday demanded the reinstatement of what it called Guinea-Bissau’s “legitimate government.” In a statement read by U.S. ambassador Susan Rice, the council threatened economic penalties against the country’s interim leaders. “The council […]

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Guinea-Bissau Junta Says It Will Not Accept Peacekeepers

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Guinea-Bissau’s military junta says it would not accept the presence of U.N. peacekeeping troops in the country, rejecting a proposal from the ousted ruling party. A spokesman for the junta, Daba Na Walna, told reporters Friday that Guinea-Bissau does not need peacekeepers because the country is not at war. He said any foreign troops sent […]

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Guinea Bissau’s Foreign Minister Seeks Peacekeepers Help After Coup

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Guinea-Bissau’s Foreign Minister is calling on the United Nations Security Council to authorize the deployment of peacekeepers into the country to help restore security following last week’s military coup. Foreign Minister Mamadu’ Jalo’ Pires is urging the15-nation council to send a peacekeeping force to the tiny West African nation until civilian rule is re-established. However, […]

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Guinea-Bissau Ruling Party Rejects Junta Power Deal

Posted April 19th, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Guinea-Bissau’s ruling party says it will never recognize a power deal reached by a junta that seized control last week and a group of opposition parties. During an interview with VOA on Thursday, the PAIGC party spokesman said talks between coup leaders and some political parties on returning power to civilians are simply a “farce.” […]

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ICRC Meets With Guinea-Bissau President, Former PM Held by Junta

Posted April 19th, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross has visited Guinea-Bissau’s interim president and leading presidential candidate, who were arrested during a military coup last week. A spokesman for the aid group told VOA Thursday that “at first sight the two detainees looked in good condition.” Marie-Servane Desjonquères said a Red Cross delegate visited with President […]

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Guinea-Bissau’s Military Junta Dissolves Government

Posted April 18th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Guinea-Bissau’s military junta has formally dissolved the government and says it will hand power back to civilians after a two-year transitional period. The deal reached Wednesday between the junta and several opposition parties includes the creation of a transitional council that will soon name an interim president and caretaker government. The plan was not signed […]

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Rights Group Says Guinea-Bissau Restricting Media, Protesters

Posted April 18th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group says Guinea-Bissau’s military junta is increasingly restricting media and protesters in an attempt to “stifle mounting criticism” within the country and abroad. Amnesty International Guinea-Bissau expert Marise Castro told VOA that demonstrations have been repressed and soldiers seeking politicians have beaten and threatened their families and associates. “Since the coup, […]

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Guinea-Bissau Junta Seeks New “Constitutional Arrangements”

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Guinea-Bissau’s military junta says it wants to work out a new “constitutional arrangement” for the country, defying international demands for the current constitution to be restored. A spokesman for the junta, Lieutenant Colonel Dahba Na Walma spoke by phone to VOA on Tuesday. He said junta leaders are in consultation with opposition parties, trying to […]

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Guinea-Bissau Junta Seeks New “Constitutional Arrangements”

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Guinea-Bissau’s military junta says it wants to work out a new “constitutional arrangement” for the country, defying international demands for the current constitution to be restored. A spokesman for the junta, Lieutenant Colonel Dahba Na Walma spoke by phone to VOA on Tuesday. He said junta leaders are in consultation with opposition parties, trying to […]

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AU Suspends Guinea-Bissau

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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The African Union has suspended Guinea-Bissau, following last week’s coup by the military. The AU Peace and Security Council said Tuesday that Guinea-Bissau is suspended from all AU activities until the return of constitutional order in the West African country. In a statement, AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping rejected efforts by coup leaders to set […]

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