Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday stated Nigeria’s commitment to resolving the crisis in Guinea Bissau under the aegis of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations.
President Jonathan told the Special Representative of the United Nations’ Secretary-General on Guinea Bissau, Mr. Jose Ramos Horta, that “we are committed to resolving this crisis, so we will work with you, under the ECOWAS, to restore peace and democracy to Guinea Bissau.”
The President said the forthcoming 42nd Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government would provide an opportunity to share ideas with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Guinea Bissau.
Earlier, Mr. Horta told President Jonathan that Guinea Bissau needed the assistance of Nigeria and ECOWAS to resolve the political crisis, expressing confidence in the sub-region’s capacity to positively determine the future of the 1.6 million people of Guinea Bissau.
He said the United Nations’ Secretary-General would support the efforts of ECOWAS leaders towards solving the Guinea Bissauan predicament, and agreed to brief the leaders at the sub-regional Summit in Cote d’Ivoire.
Mr. Horta, a former President of East Timor, said Guinea Bissau also needed competent personnel in critical areas of national development.