ADDIS ABABA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the violence in Guinea-Bissau, perpetrated by elements of the National Guard, said an AU statement on Tuesday.
He expressed his concern over the dissolution of the West African country's National Assembly, and called on the country's government and all stakeholders to prioritize dialogue in the furtherance of peace and to respect the constitution to ensure the preservation of stability and unity of the country.
"The chairperson continues to closely monitor developments in the country and reiterates the African Union's support to the people and government of Guinea-Bissau," the statement said.
Clashes erupted between elements of the National Guard and special forces of the Presidential Guard in Bissau, the capital of the country, on Thursday night, and continued Friday as a group of National Guard soldiers attempted to free a detained minister from the judicial police building. ■