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The future of European engagement in Guinea-Bissau discussed. Suspension of the EUSSR mission?

(B2) The appointment as Chief of Staff of General Antonio Indjai – one of the April mutineers – arouses concern at the European level. Cathy Ashton, the EU's chief diplomat, publicly expresses her concern about the fate in particular of the former Chief of Staff, José Zamora Induta, currently detained and the general impunity of certain mutineers. She emphasizes that “the current situation constitutes a violation of Guinea-Bissau's international commitments to respect human rights, democracy and the rule of law, essential elements of the Cotonou agreement”. She also calls “to the review of the general commitments of the European Union in the country”.

NB: This situation is on the COPS agenda on Friday. The question in particular of continuing the mission of the PeSDC intended to support security reform (EUSSR Guinee-Bissau) is all the more raised since the United States has stressed that it is impossible to reform the armed forces as long as elements suspected of participating drug trafficking will be responsible.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).