The ECOWAS Commission has learnt with surprise the announced establishment of
a so-called “Transitional National Council” by the Military Command Junta and
24 political parties in Guinea Bissau to govern the country for a two-year
The Commission strongly condemns this illegal initiative, particularly after
the Junta had given a written undertaking, following its meeting with a high-
level ECOWAS Delegation in Bissau on 16 April 2012, to step aside to pave the
way for the immediate return to constitutional normality with the facilitation
The Commission wishes to reiterate its rejection of the usurpation of power by
the Military Command, and to make it known that it will never recognize any
transitional arrangement emanating from the Junta.
ECOWAS reiterates its commitment to the immediate restoration of
constitutional order in Guinea Bissau, whose modalities constitute the focus
of on-going consultations with Bissau-Guinean stakeholders, and which shall
also be discussed at an Emergency Summit next week.
H.E. Désiré Kadré OUEDRAOGO