Konate to Visit Camara, Tells Guinea Official to Stop “Rowdy Statements” about France and Its FM, Kouchner

Acting leader visits Camara in Rabat

Article published on the 2009-12-28 Latest update 2009-12-28 14:29 TU

Guinean soldiers parade at Alpha Yaya Diallo military camp in the capital Conakry
(Photo: Reuters)

Guinea’s interim leader Sékouba Konaté flies to the Moroccan capital, Rabat, Monday to visit military government leader Moussa Dadis Camara in hospital. There are conflicting reports about the state of health of the coup leader, who was shot by his aide, Lieutenant Aboubacar “Toumba” Sidiki Diakité, earlier this month.

The meeting in Rabat will be the first time that Konaté has seen his leader since the shooting. The visit has been announced and put off several times.

Since Camara underwent an operation for cranial trauma, Guinean officials had repeatedly said that he is “doing well”. But a government minister is reported to have told Konaté that the coup leader is in “a rather appalling state” and incapable of communicating or feeding himself.

At the weekend, Konaté ordered Minister of Communication for the Presidency and the Ministry of Defence, Idrissa Chérif, to stop making “rowdy statements” about French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and France.

He said the declarations were harming relations with the European Union, which has tightened sanctions against the military government after September’s massacre in Conakry.

An internal government report, leaked to Reuters news agency, says that production of bauxite and other minerals which are key to the country’s economy fell 20 per cent in the first nine months of 2009. The report cites political instability as one of the reasons for the decline.

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