22 September 2005

Secretary-General, Prime Minister Discuss Post-Election Guinea-Bissau

NEW YORK, 21 September (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement is attributable to the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General met today at United Nations Headquarters with the Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, Carlos Gomes Jr., to discuss the post-electoral situation in Guinea-Bissau.  In this regard, the Secretary-General impressed upon the Prime Minister the need to abide by his commitment made on 16 September before the sixtieth session of the General Assembly that the President-elect, João Bernardo Vieira, would be inaugurated on 1 October 2005.  The Secretary-General stressed that the President-elect's inauguration would restore constitutional order fully, and establish proper conditions for the resumption of international assistance and, in particular, for the convening of a donors' round table next November.

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