By Samuel Rubenfeld
The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution on Friday imposing sanctions on the leaders of a coup in Guinea-Bissau and threatened further measures.
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Guinea-Bissau’s former Prime Minister Carlos Gomez Junior, center, gestures to supporters gathered outside the headquarters of the community of Portuguese speaking countries on May 16, 2012, in Lisbon.
The 15-nation body unanimously approved a resolution slapping a travel ban on four generals and a lieutenant colonel, led by Gen. António Injai, who ousted the government of Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior on April 12. The European Union has also imposed sanctions, and Guinea-Bissau has been suspended from the African Union.
“Coup d’etats against legitimate democratic authorities are simply unacceptable,” Portugal’s U.N. ambassador Jose Filipe Moraes Cabral was quoted by AFP as saying. Portugal drew up the sanctions resolution; Guinea-Bissau won independence from Portugal in 1974 and has been beset by coups and unrest since.
The U.N. Security Council resolution demanded that “the military command takes immediate steps to respect constitutional order.”
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