Posted by: africanpressorganization | 24 December 2008

Guinea / Statement attributable to the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General on the death of President Lansana Conté

 


 

Guinea / Statement attributable to the spokesperson
for the UN Secretary-General
on the death of President Lansana Conté

 

NEW YORK, December 24, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General has learned of the death of the President of the Republic of Guinea, General Lansana Conté. He wishes to extend his sincere condolences and respect to the family of the late President and to the Government and people of Guinea as a whole. He acknowledges President Conté’s long-standing commitment to the maintenance of peace and unity in Guinea and to the promotion of stability and regional cooperation in the Mano River Basin. He commends, in particular, Guinea’s generosity in hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict in neighbouring countries.

At this time of transition in Guinea, the Secretary-General stresses the need for a peaceful and democratic transfer of power, in accordance with the Constitution.  He calls for calm and urges the armed forces and all stakeholders to respect the democratic process.


 

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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