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13 October 2009 - Meeting of the International Contact Group on Guinea - Statement by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

(translation of statement made in French)

The International Contact Group on Guinea met in Abuja on 12 October. Following meetings with the Guinean Foreign Minister and the Guinean Forces Vives de Guinée Forum (Forces Vives, the Active Forces, an umbrella organization of civil society groups and political parties), the Contact Group adopted a very firm position setting out the list of measures to be taken to allow Guinea to resume her transition process.

We welcome the personal effort and unanimity demonstrated by the Contact Group and call on our partners immediately to implement the decisions taken.

The Contact Group has, inter alia, called for:
- the release of the detainees, return of the victims’ bodies to their families, free access to treatment for the victims, especially the raped women;
- setting-up by the UNSG, liaising with ECOWAS and the African Union and with the support of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, of an international Commission of Inquiry to investigate the grave human rights violations of 28 September 2009 in order to bring those responsible before the relevant Guinean courts or the International Criminal Court.
- adoption of targeted individual sanctions;
- dispatch by ECOWAS, liaising with its partners, of a civilian military observer and security mission;
- formalization, before 17 October 2009, of the deadline set by the African Union Peace and Security Council, by the head of the junta, of his commitment that neither he himself, nor other members of the junta, nor the Prime Minister will stand in the presidential election. Failing this, the Contact Group has called on the African Union and its partners to take the appropriate measures;
- definition of a political solution designed to establish, on the basis of the junta’s withdrawal, new transitional authorities and encourage a short transition, following which credible and transparent elections will be organized.

The extraordinary ECOWAS summit, on 17 October, in Abuja, then the meeting, on 29 October, of the African Union Peace and Security Council at head of State and government level, should allow significant headway to be made in establishing a crisis exit process. We are counting on the mobilization of the international community, and especially our African partners, to achieve a swift, peaceful and lasting settlement of the crisis Guinea is currently enduring.

As Bernard Kouchner and Hillary Clinton announced on 10 October and the International Contact Group on Guinea requested on 12 October, France, jointly with the United States, has requested that the United Nations Secretary-General set up an international Commission of Inquiry by virtue of his powers, to establish irrefutably what actually happened and where the responsibility for the 28 September massacre lies.

France is calling, in particular, on her European partners rapidly to pursue their efforts to adopt targeted restrictive individual measures (visa ban, freezing of assets) against members of the junta.

Immediately after the 28 September massacre, France deployed emergency humanitarian aid in support of the Guinean people and suspended her military cooperation./.

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