Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 10, 2012

The U.S. Department of State offers its condolences to the family of President Sanha, and especially to the people of Guinea-Bissau, on his passing.

The United States remains a longstanding friend of the Bissau-Guinean people, and we will continue to support their aspirations for peace, stability, and prosperity.

We are pleased that the government of Guinea-Bissau and its military recently worked well together in addressing an internal threat to democratic governance. We look forward to collaborating with the international community and working with Acting-President Pereira to arrange timely elections.

PRN: 2012/032