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New York/Bissau, 16 June (UNIOGBIS) – The Security Council issued a press statement on 15 June following the briefing by the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea Bissau (UNIOGBIS), Mr. Modibo Ibrahim Touré, on the situation in Guinea-Bissau.

Geneva/Bissau, 15 June (UNIOGBIS/PIU) - The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, presented her report today to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on her mission to Guinea-Bissau in October 2015 at the invitation of the State’s authorities. The document portrays a bleak picture of the judicial system in the country.

14 June 2016 – The longer the political crisis continues in Guinea Bissau, the more likely the country could see setbacks to its development and economic gains, warned the head of the United Nations peacebuilding office there, urging the Security Council to pay greater attention to the situation.

27 May 2016 – In the wake of protests in Guinea-Bissau, United Nations Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon today urged all political stakeholders and their supporters to act responsibly, refrain from violence and avoid an escalation of the situation by settling their concerns through dialogue.

Bissau, 26 May (UNIOGBIS/PIU) - The Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Mr. Taye-Brook Zerihoun, briefed today the Security Council on recent developments in Guinea-Bissau, and updated the Council on the good offices efforts of SRSG Modibo I. Touré since his arrival in the country.

22 May 2016 - The situation of prolonged political instability and, therefore deeply rooted in the consciousness of the Bissau Guinean society has raised a number of questions on how to find the solution for peace and to develop. After an 11 year-long struggle for independence, Guinea-Bissau only lived a few years of peace before, in 1998, plunging into a political and military conflict, the consequences of which remain in the political, economic and social spheres.

Bissau, 17 May 2016 (UNIOGBIS / PIU) - The Configuration for Guinea-Bissau of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) acknowledged on Monday the effective preventive and deterrent role of the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea-Bissau (ECOMIB), and called on the international community to mobilize technical and financial resources and political support, to ensure the extension of its mandate beyond 30 June this year, the expiry date.

Bissau, April 21, 2016, UNIOGBIS - The Ministry of Internal Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office for Guinea-Bissau –UNIOGBIS- held in Bubaque in the archipelago of Bijagos from 21 to 22 April, a conference on maritime and border security, combating drug trafficking and protection of natural resources.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Modibo Touré of Mali as his new Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS).