Key political and social actors from Guinea-Bissau are meeting on historic Gorée Island this weekend to try and break the cycle of coup and political failure in their country. The talks were to have begun on the 15th of September but, writes Gorée Institute director, Breyten Breytenbach, "on the morning of September 14th, a bloodless military coup brought down the regime of President Kumba Yala. We sensed that the coup was the expression of a real malaise in the country. We did not give up hope however; we believed that we should continue helping those who'd like to prevent Guinea-Bissau going down the spiral of violence and destruction, against a backdrop of increasing poverty and distress. We have every reason to believe that the present encounter will go some way towards meeting those aims." Read the rest of Breyten's statement and watch PeaceAfrica for further reports .