Posted by: africanpressorganization | 14 October 2009

International Contact Group Calls for New Transitional Authority in Guinea

 

 


 

 

International Contact Group Calls for New Transitional Authority in Guinea

 

 

ABUJA, Nigeria, October 14, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The International Contact Group on Guinea (ICG-G) has called for a new transitional

authority in Guinea which it said should be “based on the withdrawal of the National

Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD)”.

The Group emphasized that the proposed transitional authority should ensure “a short and

peaceful transition marked by the conduct of credible, free and fair elections in which those

holding key executive positions demonstrate total neutrality throughout the electoral

process”.

In a 12-point communiqué issued at the end of the one-day meeting at the ECOWAS

Commission in Abuja on Monday, 12th October 2009, the Group expressed its full support

for a political solution to the Guinean crisis aimed at creating the new transitional authority,

through dialogue if possible.

It called on the President of the CNDD to “formalize not later than the deadline of 17th

October 2009, fixed by the 204th meeting of the African Union Peace and Security

Council, his commitment that neither he nor members of the CNDD nor the Prime Minister

would contest the Presidential election.

Should the CNDD President fail to meet the deadline, the Group called on the African

Union and relevant regional and international organizations “to take appropriate measures.

In addition, it expressed its full support to President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso for

accepting the facilitation mission requested by the current Chairperson of ECOWAS in

conformity with the recommendations of its 7th session held on 22nd September 2009 in

New York.

PRESS RELEASE

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE

Published by: Department of Communication, ECOWAS Commission

No 101 Yakubu Gowon Crescent, Asokoro District Abuja – Nigeria

Publé par: Le Départment de la Communication, La Commission de la CEDEAO

No 101 Yakubu Gowon Crescent, Asokoro District Abuja – Nigeria

Tel: (234) (9)3147641 Fax: (234) (9)3147641/3005 E-mail: info@ecowas.int

According to the communiqué, the Group also made an urgent appeal to the United

Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, to facilitate the establishment of an

International Commission of Inquiry to investigate the 28th September 2009 “gross human

rights violation, including the massacre of unarmed civilians and rapes, identify the culprits

and prosecute them in the competent courts in Guinea or at the International Criminal

Court so as to put an end to acts of impunity in the country.

The ICG-G requested that the facilitation of the establishment of the International

Commission of Inquiry be done in collaboration with ECOWAS and the African Union, with

the support of the High Commission for Human Rights, and that all partners immediately

prepare mechanisms for appropriate targeted sanctions to be imposed on the identified

culprits.

The Group strongly condemned the brutal acts of rape in Guinea and the massacre

perpetrated by armed troops under the authority of the National Council for Democracy

and Development (CNDD) against women and unarmed civilians during a gathering of

members of the Forces Vives on 28th September 2009.

It also demanded that the de facto authorities in Guinea free all those who have been

detained since September 28 2009; give back the bodies of the victims to their families;

allow all wounded persons in hospitals and outside, in particular raped women, to freely

receive medical care; lift obstacles to freedom of expression, movement and assembly; as

well as ban the bearing of weapons of war by military personnel outside barracks not

under active command.

The Group further invited ECOWAS, with the support of its partners, to set up an

international observer and protection mission, comprising civilians and military personnel,

to protect the members of the panel of enquiry and witnesses against acts of intimidation

and to contribute to the establishment of an atmosphere of security for the people of

Guinea.

The ICG-G also expressed “serious concerns over information relating to the illicit

trafficking and circulation of arms in Guinea” and requested ECOWAS to implement the

relevant provisions of its Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). In

addition, it recommended to the International Community to impose total embargo on arms

meant for Guinea.

“The Group reminds the Guinean authorities of their obligation to protect the civilian

population, including political leaders, leaders of labour unions and civil society as well as

foreigners residing in Guinea, especially members of the diplomatic and consular corps,

who are guests of the country”, the communiqué added.

In this regard, it called on the Guinean authorities to take “necessary measures to

guarantee their protection in accordance with the commitments that they freely made”.

The ICG-G, which held its first meeting in February 2009 in Conakry, is co-chaired by the

ECOWAS and African Union Commissions.

Scheduled to meet as often as necessary, at least once every two months, the Group

comprises the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), the European Union

(EU), the Mano River Union (MRU), the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the

International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and the United Nations, the current

Chair of the African Union Peace and Security Council, the current Chair of ECOWAS as

well as the African members and permanent members of the UN Security Council.

 

SOURCE 

Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)


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