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Peace and Security Council Report No 79
18 April 2016

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) went on a mission to Guinea-Bissau last month. The institutional crisis in Guinea-Bissau is of great concern to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and to the PSC.

The PSC discussed important issues concerning its mission in Somalia at its meeting on 31 March.

The potential for electoral violence in the Republic of Congo and Chad emphasises the need for continent- wide electoral laws.

The visit of the high-level delegation of heads of state to Burundi raises several questions about the role of the PSC in this crisis.

Ambassador Fred Gateretse, head of the Early Warning Division in the AU, talks to the PSC Report about dealing with problems before they turn into full-scale conflicts.

The publication of the PSC Report is made possible through support from the Government of the Swiss Confederation, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the government of New Zealand and the Hanns Seidel Stiftung. The ISS is also grateful for the support of the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.