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30 September 2009 - Guinea: Remarks to the press by the President of the Security Council

The members of the Security Council heard a briefing by Assistant Secretary-General Menkerios on the situation in Guinea. The members of the Council express their utmost concern at the reports of killings that occurred in Conakry on September 28, when members of the army opened fire on civilians attending a rally. The members of the Security Council condemn the violence that caused reportedly more than 150 deaths and hundreds of wounded and other blatant violations of human rights including rapes in public streets in broad daylight, and violence that led to the arrest of opposition party leaders.

The members of the Council urge the authorities of Guinea, without delay, to put an end to the violence, bring the perpetrators to justice, release all political prisoners, opposition leaders, and individuals who are being denied due process under the law, and to allow a prompt return to the rule of law, democracy, and constitutional order through elections as scheduled in 2010.

The members of the Security Council express their support for the leadership of ECOWAS and the African Union, in particular that of President Blaise Conpaore of Burkina Faso and express their support for the public statements of ECOWAS and the African Union, and take note of the African Union Commission’s statement that it is "preparing a report on the developments in Guinea and possible measures to be taken, including sanctions, in the light of the decision of the PSC and the most recent events in Conakry" and the Council notes the risk these events pose to regional peace and security.

The members of the Security Council, in addition, welcome ECOWAS’ call for an international investigation into events in Guinea. And, finally, the members of the Council call upon the National Council for Democracy and Development, the CNDD, to reaffirm and respect its previous commitments that it will not field candidates in Guinea’s upcoming elections. The members of the Security Council express their determination to continue to follow this grave situation closely.



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