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AFRICOM Head, Gen. Ward, Originally Scheduled to be in Guinea Today, Suddenly Postpones Visit Indefinitely

September 9, 2010

Gen. William “Skip” Ward, Chief of the US Command for Africa (AFRICOM)

AFRICOM boss’s visit to Guinea postponed indefinitely

APA – Conakry (Guinea) The planned visit to Guinea by the Chief of the US Command for Africa (AFRICOM) General William Ward, has been deferred sine die, the Communication Section of the U.S. Embassy in Conakry told APA here.

No official reasons have been given for this adjournment. It should be recalled that Gen. William Ward was expected in Guinea on Thursday, to hold a series of talks with interim President General Sekouba Konate and the country’s high military command.

General Ward would have also seized this opportunity to “congratulate and encourage the military for their leadership and neutrality in the electoral process underway in Guinea, with the organisation of the second round of the 19 September 2010 presidential elections between Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Conde.

Washington is closely monitoring the electoral process in Guinea and has initiated a series of actions to ensure the smooth holding of the poll, through technical and material aid to the country’s transitional government.

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