Guinea-Bissau

Humanitarian Situation Report Guinea-Bissau: 12 November 1998

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UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS REPORT HAS BEEN COLLECTED IN-COUNTRY BY OCHA FROM THE UN, NGOS & ICRC NETWORK IN GUINEA BISSAU
Politico-Military Situation

A first meeting of the mixed commission, created to implement the Peace Agreement, is scheduled to take place Friday, 13 November, in Bissau.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the Exterior, Senegal, called a meeting this afternoon with the Diplomatic Corps concerning Guinea Bissau. It essentially presented the Abuja Peace Agreement and Senegal's commitment to respect it.

Humanitarian Impact

This afternoon, the UN Heads of Agency Mission returned from Guinea Bissau as planned after having briefed their technical programme team in Bafata at noon today. As reported by the OCHA chief :

  • The Inter-Agency team met twice with the Ministry of Health along with the Bandim Health Project and ADPP to discuss food distribution issues, with positive results;
  • Also, the World Food Programme representative traveled to Prabis and Cumura where a considerable number of IDPs have received food distributed by the Bandim Health Project and Caritas, respectively. A registration system is in place in both cases. Despite harsh conditions, the IDPs remain hesitant to return to Bissau.
With respect to access, Caritas again requested authorisation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senegal to travel into Guinea Bissau with two trucks medical supplies and milk powder that were first stopped on 27 October. Authorisation has still not been granted.

Humanitarian Response

Tomorrow, the UN Heads of Agency will brief the Donor Community on their mission to Guinea Bissau of 10-12 November, including the Common Humanitarian Action Plan 1999 and development plans following developments since the signature of the 1 November peace agreement.

An meeting on the subject of humanitarian access into Guinea Bissau is also scheduled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senegal with UN Agency Representatives, following the 8 November Note Verbale send on behalf of the UN community by the Resident Coordinator, a.i..

Project activity proposals are anticipated today from each of the UN Agencies participating in the 1999 Inter-Agency Consolidated Appeal for Guinea Bissau.

This report is available on the internet through RELIEFWEB: http://www.reliefweb.int

Complex Emergency Response / Consolidated Appeal Process (CER/CAP) - Geneva
Mr. Ernest Chipman - Chief
Mr. Thierry Delbreuve
Tel.: (41 22) 788.7019
Fax: (41 22) 788.6386
Registry E-Mail: Annette.Choquet@dha.unicc.org

Complex Emergencies Division (CED) - New York
Mr. Yvon Madore
Tel.: (1 212) 963.1627
Fax: (1 212) 963.1388
E-Mail : madore@un.org

Information Service
Ms. Thérèse Gastaut - Director
Tel.: (41 22) 917.2300
Fax: (41 22) 917.0030
E-Mail: tgastaut@unog.ch

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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