Africa Liberal Network Condemns State-Ordered Violence in Guinea and Voices Support for the Political Opposition
- Created Wednesday, March 6, 2013 2:27
March 2013. Translated into English via Google
The RLA & Liberal International President of ALN, RLA, the Honorable Olivier Kamitatu Etsu, expresses its deep regret at the tragic death of five people and a policeman. He presents his condolences to the bereaved families. After a week of violence observed in Guinea, it also expressed its deep concern at the various reports of hundreds injured.
The ALN and all its members condemn without appeal the use of live ammunition by the Guinean security forces and demand that those responsible for killings and injuries are brought to justice. In addition, the RLA strongly condemns attacks against journalists, members of civil society and politicians following the breakdown of discussions about elections scheduled for May 12.
The ALN supports the decision of its members – the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), the Union of Republican Forces (UFR) and the Party of Unity and Social Liberalism (PULS) – as well as other opposition parties to withdraw discussions as long as their legitimate demands have not been met through an inclusive dialogue with all stakeholders facilitated by a neutral mediator and respected.
The ALN is convinced that in the current conditions, the parliamentary elections scheduled for May 12, 2013 will be neither free nor democratic, and can lead to more destabilization and division of the country.
The ALN request the President Condé to take into account the legitimate claims of the opposition and make sure that – two years after his controversial election – to hold the first legislative elections in ten years. The RLA calls to end the political impasse and that significant advances are made for the consolidation of the electoral system, the democratization of the country and the election of a new National Assembly to replace the National Council of Transition (CNT).
The ALN calls for military not to meddle in politics, recalling the role of the military is to facilitate peace and security, to restore political stability and democratic rights and to respect freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of Guinea.
The ALN known partners such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, the United Nations, the Francophonie and the European Union to facilitate discussions and ensure process open and transparent electoral.
The ALN work with all parties and members of Liberal International to ensure that all support is given to the democratic process in Guinea and that those responsible for the crisis in Guinea are severely punished.
Dated at Cape Town on 4 March 2013.