“International community wants the best for the people of Guinea-Bissau”, says UN top official
13 June 2009 - Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe today underscored the United Nations and international community willingness to help Guinea-Bissau people and government moving forward.
"The international community was quite shocked with the violence that took place in March and a week ago. The fact of the matter is that the international community wants only the best for the people of Guinea-Bissau", Mr. Pascoe told the press in the country's capital.
In early March the elected President João Bernardo Vieira and the Head of the Army General Tagmé Na Waie were assassinated in Bissau. On 5 June, a presidential candidate and a former minister were also killed.
Mr. Pascoe held talks in Bissau with interim President Dr. Raimundo Pereira on the forthcoming presidential elections of 28 June 2008 and what the international community and the UN can do to help this West African country in issues like reform of the governance, economic and social developments.
"We will try to work on all areas and see how we can do to make life better to the people of Guinea-Bissau", the UN top official stressed.
Mr. Pascoe also met with the UN country team and UNOGBIS staff.
The Under-Secretary-General's trip to Bissau was the last stop of his week-long visit to West and Central Africa.