Latin American regional group condemns assassinations in Guinea Bissau
APA-Bissau (Guinea Bissau) The Rio Group, which comprises the 23 Latin American governments, condemned the assassinations of Bissau Guinean President, Joao Bernado Nino Vieira and the chief of staff, General Batista Tagme Na Wai, in a statement released in Bissau and copied to APA.
During its Tuesday meeting in Mexico, which chairs the temporary secretariat of the organisation, the Rio Group joined the call of the international community to help Guinea Bissau sort out the political crisis rocking the country.
The Rio Group also appealed for calm and reserve, urging the Bissau Guinean authorities “to launch a thorough investigation into these assassinations and prosecute the perpetrators”.
The Group further offered its condolences to the families of the victims and to the Guinean people, urging the authorities to uphold the constitutional order and respect the rule of law in this period of unrest.
The Group announced it would remain in close contact with its embassies to Guinea Bissau, as well as with the other members of the international community, to promote peace, political stability and development for the country’s sake.
Joao Bernardo Nino Vieira took over power from Luis Cabral in 1980 but he was coerced to step down during the 1998-1999 civil war before his return in the saddle in 2005.
The Rio Group comprises Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela