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Guinea Update 3-30: Opposition Objects to UNDP Collaboration w/ CENI, Guinea Sending Ethnic Militias to Angola for Training

March 30, 2012

Opposition Mass Meeting – Saturday, 3/31

Guinean opposition will hold another mass meeting, this Saturday, March 31. It will be held at the heliport in Belle-vue in Conakry.

Cellou Dalein Diallo Travelling Outside Guinea

Cellou Dalein Diallo, opposition leader, is currently out of the country building more support for opposition movement and meeting with party supporters. Most recently, he has been in Dakar, Senegal to congratulate the newly-elected president Macky Sall. Next stops are Lisbon, Portugal and Barcelona, Spain.

Joint Statement of the Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ADP) and the Collective of Political Parties to Finalize the Transition Regarding UNDP Representative’s Involvement with CENI Operations

A few days ago, the opposition issued a joint communique expressing concern about the personal involvement of the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Resident Representative in Guinea, Mr. Anthony Kwaku Boamah Ohemineng-in, with the Guinean electoral commission (CENI). The opposition’s concern is that since the CENI has violated electoral code by excluding the opposition in its membership and has refused to collaborate with the opposition on scheduling elections and other key decisions, it is inappropriate for Mr. Ohemineng-in, to collaborate with the CENI. Opposition representatives met with UN staff yesterday to explain their concerns. Louceny Camara, president of the CENI will respond at a press conference within a few days. (More on this next week.)

The Central Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Futa-Jallon, New York Letter on Ethnic Militias sent by Guinea to Angola for Training – Addressed to President of Angola, Eduardo Dos Santos

Explaining that Alpha Conde has targeted Foulahs since well before his election, engaged repeatedly in anti-Foulah rhetoric, excluded Foulahs from government, and used state security forces to attack Foulahs, the Central Pottal-Fii-Bhantal Futa Jallon, New York, views Guinea’s sending of Malinke militias to Angola for training as a dangerous escalation toward what could become an ethnic civil war. The letter asks for President Dos Santos’ assistance to end this military training and not cooperate with Alpha Conde in any future training endeavors. (More on this next week.)

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