W.African bloc condemns 'attempted coup' in Guinea-Bissau, UN chief calls for immediate end to fighting

AFP , Tuesday 1 Feb 2022

The West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Tuesday attacked what it called an "attempted coup" in the state of Guinea-Bissau, where journalists earlier reported gunfire around the seat of government in the capital Bissau.

Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau
File Photo: Soldiers walk outside the National Assembly in Bissau. - Sustained gunfire was heard on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, near the seat of government in Bissau, the capital of the small coup-prone West African state of Guinea-Bissau. AFP

"ECOWAS condemns this attempted coup and holds the military responsible for the wellbeing of President Umaro Sissoco Embalo and members of his government," the Economic Community of West African States said in a statement in French published on social media.

UN chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for an immediate end to the fighting in the small coup-prone West African state of Guinea-Bissau.

"The Secretary-General is deeply concerned with the news of heavy fighting in Bissau," said a statement, issued in the wake of reports of sustained gunfire near the seat of government in the capital Bissau.

Guterres called "for an immediate end to the fighting and for full respect of the country's democratic institutions."

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