French FM, Bernard Kouchner, Lauds Pres. Compaore for Role in Guinean Election
Paris, France – The French Foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, on Thursday lauded Burkina Faso’s president, Blaise Compaore, for his role in the resolution of the Guinean political crisis saying no democratic progress could have been made in Guinea without his intervention.
‘With regard to the situation prevailing in Guinea, nothing, absolutely anything, would have been possible without the intervention and wisdom of president Compaore. I insist in paying him tribute on behalf of (French) President Nicolas Sarkozy and the French people,’ Mr Kouchner said.
Speaking in Paris at the end of a meeting with his Burkinabe counterpart, Alain Yoda, he hailed the initiative of President Compaore who has called for talks in the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, between the two candidates contesting the se c ond round of Guinean presidential election, Alpha Conde of the Rally of Guinean People (RPG) and Cellou Dalein Diallo of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG).
‘This is once again an invaluable contribution from president Compaore for peace and stability in Guinea, even in all of West Africa. I am very pleased about t his initiative to bring together the two candidates for the second round; this is a new act of wisdom,’ the French Foreign minister added.
He reaffirmed the neutrality of his country in the Guinea electoral process and called on Conde and Diallo to ‘be aware of the role they are expected to play in the history of Guinea’.
‘France has no candidate in Guinea. I recently held talks with Sekouba Konate (the interim president); I received Alpha Conde as many times as I received Cellou Dalein Diallo. Each of them must be aware of their role in this historic election for Guinea which had experienced 50 years of detention,’ Mr Kouchner said.
The two candidates for the second round of the presidential election planned for 19 September should meet Thursday and Friday in Ouagadougou with president Compaore, the designated mediator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in the Guinean crisis.