ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) on Tuesday called on international and continental partners to continue supporting Guinea-Bissau's efforts to ensure national stability and development.
"The Council appealed to all partners to continue to support Guinea-Bissau at this critical juncture, when the country is deploying efforts to ensure stability and development as well as and bring to an end the scourge of drug trafficking and promote democratic governance and rule of law," an AU statement read.
The council, which welcomed the successful holding of a peaceful first round of presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau on November 24 and the presidential run-off on December 29, also underscored that the elections "have been declared free, fair and credible by all international observer missions," including the AU Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) in Guinea-Bissau.
It also called on the Supreme Court of Guinea-Bissau "to fully play its constitutional role in this electoral process, with the required due diligence, as well as with the urgency it deserves given its importance for the maintenance of peace, security and stability in Guinea-Bissau, bearing in mind that the elections have been declared free, fair and credible by all African and international election observers."
It also stressed that "the holding of the presidential elections is a significant step towards the peaceful resolution of the political crisis in that country and appealed to all political stakeholders to allow the legal process to be finalized through the normal and existing legal channels of the country."
The council further commended "all bilateral and multilateral partners for their support, including technical and financial support extended to Guinea-Bissau during the election period."
It also congratulated all stakeholders in Guinea-Bissau as well as the general public "for the professionalism and neutrality demonstrated during the electoral period and urged them to respect the legality and legitimacy emanating from the elections."