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Thursday, 03 February 2011

Commission: opening of consultations with Guinea-Bissau over democracy

The Commission today welcomes the Council's decision to open consultations with Guinea-Bissau, following the Commission's proposal from 20 December 2010. This initiative is based on Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement and reflects concerns about the situation in Guinea-Bissau in terms of respect for democratic principles and the rule of law. The decision also indicates a willingness to put in place a strategy to end the crisis together with the various parties involved. Part of EU development cooperation will be preliminary suspended. European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said: ”Today, the EU unanimously followed the proposal of the Commission calling to start consultations with Guinea Bissau in order to discuss the situation with regard to democratic principles and respect for the rule of law. I hope that this dialogue will help resolve the situation and lay solid foundations for Guinea-Bissau's long term development. Pending the outcome of the consultations, the Commission will temporary suspend part of its ongoing development cooperation, for example in the field of budget support or security sector reform programmes.

Source: European Commission