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EU To Withdraw Guinea-Bissau Mission Next Month

The European Union said Monday it will not renew its mission to reform security forces of the west African state of once it expires on Sept. 30.

A statement from the EU said that the decision to end the mission, which was launched on June 2008, was taken in the wake of the appointment of Gen. Antonio Indjai as head of the armed forces.

The decision was also taken because of the country’s deteriorating situation. "Political instability and the lack of respect for the rule of law makes it impossible for the EU to deploy a follow-up mission," the EU said.

The EU statement added that they had repeatedly warned against the violation of constitutional order, illegal detentions and lack of respect for the law. Indjai's appointment further served a blow to the country’s democratic consolidation process, according to the EU.

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton expressed fear over Gen Indjai’s appointment last month and held him responsible for a mutiny that overthrew the premier and army chief in April.

The EU has been providing assistance to in reforming the nation's judiciary, defense and police. The U.S. recently blamed two senior military men - Air Force head Ibraima Papa Camara and former navy chief Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto – of helping smuggling cocaine from Latin America to Europe by providing Guinea-Bissau as a major transit point. With the "drug kingpins" tags, imposed economic and financial sanctions on them.

 

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