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| UNSC condemns assassination of Guinea-Bissau President|
| Updated at: 1619 PST, Wednesday, March 04, 2009|
NEW YORK: Condemning the assassination of the President of Guinea-Bissau and his chief of staff, the United Nations Security Council has called on the people, political leaders and the armed forces to remain calm and exercise restraint to assist in saving the constitutional order in the country.
In a statement read out by Ibrahim Dabbashi of Libya, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council for the month of March, urged all parties in the country to resolve any disputes within the framework of democratic institutions and opposed "any attempt to change the government through unconstitutional means."
Assassination of President Joao Bernardo Vieira and Chief of Staff Tagme Na Waie took place on March 1 and 2 respectively.
The 15-member body called on all concerned people to "assist in saving constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau and to continue to support peace building efforts in the country." UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the African Union and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) also condemned the killings.