United Nations Security Council Resolution 1949

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1949
Location Guinea Bissau AU Africa.svg
Guinea-Bissau within the African Union
Date 23 November 2010
Meeting no. 6,428
Code S/RES/1949 (Document)
Subject The situation in Guinea-Bissau
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1949, adopted unanimously on November 23, 2010, after recalling previous resolutions on the situation in Guinea-Bissau, particularly Resolution 1876 (2009), the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) for a further period of one year until December 31, 2011.[1]



In the preamble of the resolution, the Council expressed concern about the continued instability in Guinea-Bissau, including the lack of civilian oversight of the military and unlawful detentions since the unrest in April 2010.[2] It stated that the situation in the country posed threats to security and stability in the region, particularly the issue of drug trafficking. All parties in Guinea-Bissau had to continue dialogue, promote human rights and the rule of law and fight against impunity.

Meanwhile, the resolution also praised the work of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) and affirmed that the Guinea-Bissau government was responsible for the security of the population and development.


The mandate of UNIOGBIS was extended and the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was asked to monitor its progress. Guinea-Bissau parties were urged to engage in dialogue, and the armed forces were called upon to cease interference in political issues and respect constitutional order and civilian rule. At the same time, political leaders were asked not to involve the military and judiciary in politics and resolve problems through political means.

The resolution further called upon the government to continue investigations into political assassinations that took place in March and June 2009 and hold those responsible accountable. It also had to ensure due process of law with respect to those responsible for crimes, release or prosecute those detained during the unrest of April 2010, and tackle corruption.

Finally, UNIOGBIS, the African Union, European Union and CPLP were asked to assist in the peacebuilding efforts in Guinea-Bissau and tackle organised crime and drug trafficking.

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