The Security Council called yesterday on the parties in Guinea-Bissau urgently to form a government of national unity and to hold elections not later than the end of March 1999.
The Council unanimously adopted resolution 1216 (1998) calling for the full implementation of the agreements between the government of Guinea-Bissau and the military junta signed in August, November and December, the UN said in a press release. The agreements provide for respect for the ceasefire, the immediate opening of the airport and seaport in Bissau, the withdrawal of all foreign troops in the country and the simultaneous deployment of the interposition force of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Military Observer Group (ECOMOG).
The Council also called on all concerned, including the Government and the junta, to ensure safe and unimpeded access by international organisations to people who need help because of the conflict.
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