17 May 2005

Secretary-General Calls on All Parties in Guinea-Bissau to Refrain from Exacerbating Tensions, Undermining Transitional Process

NEW YORK, 16 May (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued on 15 May by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned to hear of statements which appear designed to disrupt the ongoing transitional process in Guinea-Bissau.  The aim of this process is to restore constitutional governance in the country through the holding of presidential elections on 19 June 2005.  He calls on all segments of Guinea-Bissau society, in particular political leaders, to desist from any actions or statements that could undermine peaceful and orderly electoral and transitional processes, or otherwise exacerbate tensions in the country.

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