SA deplores Guinea-Bissau coup

2012-04-17 11:48

Johannesburg - South Africa deplores the recent coup in Guinea-Bissau, the international relations and co-operation department said on Tuesday.

The country was concerned the Bissauan military chose this course of action despite a joint African Union mission with the United Nations and the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), the department said in a statement.

The mission had warned the Bissauan army against political intervention.

The Bissauan military seized power in a coup on Thursday, and imprisoned several politicians.

"South Africa will support all Ecowas, AU and UN mandated efforts to reverse the coup d’état."

It was particularly concerned by the army's efforts to entrench military dominance by imposing a transitional government. South Africa urged the military to allow elections for a new president to continue, in accordance with a court ruling. It reminded the authorities they would be held accountable for any human rights violations.

"The safety and security of the imprisoned civilian politicians remains their responsibility," the department said.