The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved an extension of its peace-building mission in Guinea-Bissau, and is asking the mission to help fight organized crime and drug trafficking in the west African nation that is a major cocaine transshipment center to South America.
The council voted Wednesday to also ask the U.N. Integrated Peace-building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) to work on promoting national reconciliation, elections, democratic institutions, criminal justice, police and army reform, and human rights.
The office is headed by Jose Ramos-Horta, a former president of East Timor and co-winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Peace Prize.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had recommended the council establish a panel of experts and sanctions targeting drug traffickers, but that was not included in the resolution adopted Wednesday.