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Former Timorese President Chosen as UN Envoy in Guinea-Bissau

Jose Ramos-Horta, new chief of the UN peace-building mission in Guinea-Bissau

José Ramos-Horta has been appointed the new United Nations envoy to Guinea-Bissau. The former Timorese president and Nobel Peace Prize winner is replacing Joseph Mutaboba, a diplomat from Rwanda, as the special representative and chief of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau. Mutaboba, 63, finishes his assignment, which lasted nearly four years, at the end … Read more

Avoiding a Mess in Guinea-Bissau Could Help the Rest of West Africa

A former colonial-era government building on the island of Bolama, Guinea-Bissau's first capital.

Guinea-Bissau’s woes never end. Now the United Nations, which has a peace-building support mission in the capital, Bissau, might need to restart its work there since the head of the office has left. Joseph Mutaboba, a 63-year-old Rwandan diplomat who has been the special envoy since February 2009, was tasked with preventing conflicts through the … Read more

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UN’s Special Envoy in Guinea-Bissau Quits His Post

Joseph Mutaboba, former UN peace-building chief in Guinea-Bissau

Since Guinea-Bissau’s military seized power in an April 12 coup d’état, the tiny West African country that relies on cashews as its main export hit an even rougher patch this fall, when armed gunmen struck an air force base in the capital, Bissau, on Oct. 21, killing six people. Soon after, the military did door-to-door … Read more

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