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Guinea-Bissau blames Portugal after foiled coup bid
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Bissau (AFP) Oct 22, 2012

UN condemns attack, calls for calm in Guinea-Bissau
United Nations (AFP) Oct 22, 2012 - The United Nations condemned on Monday a failed coup bid in Guinea-Bissau, and called for a return to calm in the unstable west African republic.

"The United Nations condemns this attack, and we regret the loss of lives as a result of the incident. We are following the situation closely," said a statement from the world body, released in New York.

The transitional government in the west African nation, which was itself set up after a successful coup in April, insisted it was in control after an attack on an elite army unit barracks Sunday left at least seven people dead.

"We are appealing for calm and calling on all in Guinea Bissau to resolve differences by peaceful means, including through inclusive dialogue," the UN statement added.

"The United Nations will continue to work with Bissau-Guineans and international partners ... to implement Security Council resolution 2048."

Resolution 2048 condemned the April coup and called for a return to constitutional rule, setting up a panel to oversee targeted sanctions against figures connected to the putsch.

Lisbon urges end to G-Bissau violence after 'coup bid'
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 22, 2012 - The Portuguese government called Monday for "calm and an end to the violence" in Guinea-Bissau, a day after an attack on a barracks by a military unit that claimed seven lives in an alleged coup bid.

But Lisbon declined to comment on accusations from its coup prone former colony in west Africa that it was behind the attack.

"Portugal calls for calm and an end to the violence," the foreign ministry said in a statement, which "repeats calls for a peaceful resolution of problems among Guineans."

At least seven people died in the clash in Guinea-Bissau, six months after a military coup overthrew the government of prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior.

Guinea-Bissau's Communications Minister Fernando Vaz said the aim of the attack was to bring Carlos Gomes Junior back to power and accused Portugal of responsibility.

The Lisbon government declined to make any immediate comment to AFP on the allegation, like the Community of Portuguese-Speaking States, which was also blamed.

Witnesses said the assailants were led by Captain Pansau N'Tchama, held to be close to Gomes Junior. N'Tchama had just returned from military training in Portugal, local security sources said.

"It is of urgency to begin a new phase in the history of Guinea-Bissau, which will be marked by peace, the consolidation of democratic institutions, by the submission of the military to civilian powers and by an effective fight against drug trafficking," the Portuguese foreign ministry added in its statement.

Guinea-Bissau security forces arrested several suspects over a foiled coup bid in the chronically unstable nation, which the government has accused former colonial ruler Portugal of instigating.

The transition government in the west African nation, which was itself set up after a successful coup in April, insisted it was in control after an attack on an elite army unit barracks on Sunday which left at least seven people dead.

Two politicians and a retired military officer were arrested Monday, security sources said, while the hunt continued for more coup plotters and the man believed to be their leader, Captain Pansau N'Tchama.

A military source said the country's northern borders with Senegal were being "strictly controlled".

"Some fugitives could cross into this neighbouring country. We have put all our units on alert," the source said on condition of anonymity.

Prime Minister Rui de Barros vowed a "transparent and impartial" investigation.

N'Tchama was the head of a commando unit that assassinated president Joao Bernardo Vieira in 2009. He returned last week from Portugal where he had been undergoing military training since July 2009, security sources said.

"What is strange to us is how Pansau, who was in Portugal as a political refugee, could return so easily," the prime minister told diplomats on Monday.

"We have information that infiltrators provided money to some soldiers. Investigations will tell us more about this matter," he said.

"Our duty is to bring the necessary explanations to the international community about Sunday's attack. Because there are elements who were arrested who have told us the plot was carried out with the help of a foreign nation."

On Sunday the government named former colonial power Portugal as being behind the raid, labelling it a coup attempt.

"The government considers Portugal, the CPLP (the Community of Portuguese Language Countries) and Carlos Gomes Junior as the instigators of this attempt at destabilisation," said a statement read by Communications Minister Fernando Vaz on Sunday.

Its aim was "to overthrow the transitional government... undermine the political process that is under way with one objective, to bring Carlos Gomes Junior back to power and justify an international stabilisation force", it said.

It was not immediately clear why N'Tchama might have carried out the assault, but the captain is also a former associate of the government overthrown in the April coup.

That putsch toppled the government of Carlos Gomes Junior, interrupting a presidential election between the first and second rounds, which he was leading after the initial vote.

The seven dead included six gunmen and a soldier, according to an AFP tally.

Three three arrested Monday are believed to have ties with Gomes Junior.

Lisbon on Monday called for "calm and an end to the violence" in Guinea-Bissau, but declined to comment on the accusations that it was behind the attack.

The United Nations also condemned the attack in a statement Monday and appealed on Guinea-Bissau to "resolve differences by peaceful means, including through inclusive dialogue."

Since independence from Portugal in 1974, the army and state in the nation of 1.6 million people have remained in constant conflict, leading to chronic instability which has allowed drug trafficking to Europe to flourish.

No president has ever completed a full term in office.

The April 12 coup was led by army chief General Antonio Indjai in protest at the strong presence of Angolan troops in the country which were seen as a threat to Guinea-Bissau's own armed forces.

His junta later handed power to a transitional government, but the coup leaders remain influential: it was they who chose Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo for the role of interim president.

In a speech last month however, Nhamadjo insisted that his government was "not under the army's orders, either in form or substance". He called on the international community to back the fight against drug trafficking and help organise elections in 2013.

After the April coup, the European Union, the country's chief trading partner, suspended aid and imposed sanctions on a number of military officers, including Indjai.

But the West African bloc ECOWAS has recognised the transitional administration.


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