Opposition Says Conde Dialogue Was “Waste of Time.” Gov’t. Invites “Cast of Thousands” to March 7 Dialogue to Ensure Nothing Accomplished Except Stringing International Community Along.
Two articles: first from opposition describing Monday’s meeting and second from the Government announcing second dialogue scheduled for March 7, translated into English via Google with editing by Guinea Oye.
- Created Monday, March 4, 2013 3:09 p.m.
“Dialogue” between Conde and Opposition, Monday, March 4, 2013, early in the morning, the spokesman of the Opposition went to the Presidency to respond to the call for “dialogue” launched by the President of Guinea , Mr. Alpha Condé. The envoy of the Opposition, Aboubacar Sylla, had a clear message to deliver to Alpha Condé. However, the meeting was a non-event. As the English say, it’s a waste of time.
Indeed, Aboubacar Sylla, president of the UFC, was nominated by his colleagues in the opposition political parties gathered around the Collective, ADP and CDR to first listen to what Alpha Conde had to say, then delivering a message from the Opposition.
The message of opposition to the President and his government was as follows:
- all those arrested should be released without conditions;
- the government must take the burden of care of all the injured and victims;
- all those who have lost their properties and businesses should be compensated;
- an investigation should be opened following the violence that led to the death of persons, injuries and loss of property;
- Electoral Commission shall suspend all its activities;
- all previous applications of the Opposition must be met (starting Waymark & Sabary Guineans vote and abroad, among others).
But Conde was only three short sentences to tell the Opposition:
- “I pledge to hold free and transparent elections”;
- “I will ask the Prime Minister to hold a dialogue framework”;
- “I thank all those who came” to this meeting.
The meeting is over.
The ‘novelty’ in this encounter between the “great historical opponent”(Conde) and the representative of the Opposition was the presence of transhumant: Béla Saliou Diallo. So, Alpha Condé invites Saliou Béla to host. The meeting itself has produced nothing. Alpha Condé has categorically refused to give a response to the message of the Opposition. And we’re still talking about dialogue. If he, as president of all Guineans, behaves this way in a crisis, what can the Prime Minister bring to the meeting? In times of crisis, we must not lose time. It should not be a weekend to rest or to sleep at night. If there was the political will on the part of Alpha Condé to find a lasting solution to this crisis, he should begin by being frank and conciliatory. Until then, it remains intractable.
Meanwhile the Guinean president plays roulette as violence is reported in several other cities, including Mamou, Labe and Dalaba. In the capital, Conakry, clashes between residents and neighborhood security forces have resumed.
International mediation remains an urgent solution for Guinea. Since the Guinean president is unable to manage the crisis, and his behavior towards his opposition is atypical in itself. This indicates that a third party must be sought urgently to find a suitable solution.
To be continued.
By inviting a cast of thousands to March 7 meeting, the Government ensures that nothing will be accomplished at this meeting which is just the way it wants it.
The Minister of Territorial Administration has issued a statement on Tuesday stating that the framework of consultation and dialogue on the political situation is finally available. Here is the press.
Following the instructions given by his Excellency the President of the Republic, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization inform political leaders of the opposition (ADP, Collectif, CDR), the Presidential Mouvance and Central the Executive Board of INEC, Republican Institutions, Ambassadors, Representatives of International Organizations, Civil Society, Religious leaders as part of consultation and dialogue on the political situation in general and the electoral process in particular was set up this Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
This framework will hold its first meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2 PM in the People’s Palace in the auditorium of the high chairmanship of the Prime Minister Head of Government.
An invitation letter will soon be sent to all stakeholders.
The Prime Minister reassures all stakeholders and ensures that everything will be in place to ensure that this the framework is the most appropriate possible for dialogue and calm discussion and useful in the interest of mutual understanding, peace and the completion of the transition by organizing free and fair elections to be born and live in a united Guinea, egalitarian, democratic and just.
Conakry, March 5, 2013
Alhassane CONDE, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization