UN chief calls for return of Guinea-Bissau government

Other News Materials 16 May 2012 23:32 (UTC +04:00)

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for an "immediate return to constitutional order" in Guinea-Bissau, as West Africa regional bloc ECOWAS mobilized a peacekeeping force for the country following a coup in April, DPA reported.

Ban told the United Nations General Assembly that the ousted government, should be restored.

He spoke as former interim leader Raimundo Pereira and his prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior of the ousted PAIGC party flew to Lisbon for talks with Portugal's government.

A peacekeeping force comprised of Nigerian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Togolese troops is due to arrive in Guinea-Bissau on Friday.

With the backing of ECOWAS, a transitional government to be led by parliamentary speaker Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo is due to be installed next week.

But on Wednesday the PAIGC branded Nhamadjo a "maverick" who backed the coup on April 12, according to local media reports.

Although some Bissau-Guineans support external intervention, there is concern that an international force could exacerbate the tensions they are being sent to quell.