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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Guinea-Bissau: EU to tighten sanctions

In light of the worsening of Guinea-Bissau’s political situation, the Council of the EU has decided to tighten EU sanctions against persons who threaten peace, security or stability in the country. In the midst of the instability, the High representative Catherine Ashton states: “We continue to demand that constitutional order be immediately restored."
The Council has added 15 individuals to the list of those barred from entering the EU and whose assets are to be  frozen within the EU. This decision incorporates the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2048 (2012) into EU law. The resolution subjects five members of the military junta, who had already been listed under the EU's autonomous sanctions regime, to a UN travel ban.
Although EU development aid to Guinea-Bissau has been suspended since April, the EU has continued to supply humanitarian aid and direct support to the country’s population.