ACCRA– President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has pledged Ghana’s support for Guinea Bissau’s political stability and democratic process, as the troubled West African nation prepares to hold elections in November, this year.
Ghana would do all it could to ensure that normalcy was brought to Guinea Bissau and to put an end to the constitutional crisis so as to return the country on the road to peace and development, he added when the visiting Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau, Aristides Gomes, called on him at Jubilee House office here Thursday.
Gomes, during his meeting with the President, appealed to Ghana and members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lend financial support to Guinea Bissau to enable it to successfully carry out the elections in November.
He told President Akufo-Addo that with the current crisis in Guinea Bissau, coupled with the International Monetary Fund’s restrictions on its economy, the country needed more resources to organizse the elections.
Gomes disclosed that some countries had given assurances but would be encouraged if ECOWAS also participated financially in that endeavour.
He informed President Akufo-Addo that the political parties in the country had agreed to work together and had signed an agreement to work towards peace and stability.
The Prime Minister said stability in that country would essentially bring about reforms after the elections, and those reforms, which would be in the areas of defence and security, public administration and justice, would inform constitutional amendments to avoid potential crisis in the future”.
He further asked that the ECOWAS Military Intervention Force in Guinea Bissau remain in the country after the elections until such a time that reforms were taken to safeguard the stability and peace of the country.
President Akufo-Addo promised to push the agenda for support for that country’s election at the next ECOWAS and Africa Union meetings, saying; I’m confident that something would be done.
Everybody is encouraged by you and the manner in which you have come; we recognize that this is a historic opportunity to try and bring this long standing crisis to a closure. So whatever be the case, you can count on me, you can count on Ghana for us to make a strong case as well as the post electoral situation as far as the ECOMOG (the ECOWAS Monitoring Group) is concerned.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK