UN-ECOWAS Meet with Pres. Compaore in Burkina Faso Regarding Guinea Situation
UN-ECOWAS mission in Burkina Faso over Guinea situation
16:12, October 16, 2010
With days left ahead of the Oct. 24 presidential run-off in Guinea, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore on Friday met with the representative of UN secretary general for West Africa, Said Djinnit, and the president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), James Victor Gbeho.
Compaore was named by ECOWAS as the mediator in the Guinea crisis last year.
The UN and ECOWAS representatives said they had come to brief Compaore on discussions with Guinean authorities over the past week in Conakry.
Djinnit said it was important for them to hold talks with the mediator, so that they could come up with the best idea to help Guinea return to constitutional normalcy.
He affirmed that Compaore had reiterated his determination to help Guineans, together with the international community to peacefully elect their president.
The situation is reportedly unstable in Guinea after supporters of the two candidates clashed early last month amid disputes over the results in the first round of elections held in June. One person died and 50 others were injured in the confrontation, forcing the authorities to postpone the Sept. 19 vote to Oct. 24.
Guinea is expected to end the political crisis unleashed by a military coup in December 2008.