Emma Bonino, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, will visit Guinea Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone early in January, her spokesman in Brussels told IRIN today. The dates for the visit have still to be finalised, Pietro Petrucci said. He said Bonino would fly to Dakar, Senegal, where she would pick up one of the regular flights run by the EU’s humanitarian aid arm ECHO to Bissau. The main object of the visit was to boost the peace process. The commissioner wanted to encourage the two sides to respect the humanitarian aspects of the Abuja accord which ended the fighting in Guinea Bissau, he added. She would visit refugees in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
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