GUINEA UPDATE – Dialogue Snag, Plus VIDEO of Paris Demo: “Alpha Conde – Assassin! Dictateur!’
Information coming out of Conakry over the past few days about the opposition and how it is interacting with the Guinean government relative to the Dialogue is confusing. Here is a quick summary of the latest discussions between the opposition and the government which took place over the last three days.
The focus of discussions is putting together a “framework” for the dialogue. The opposition is particularly interested in the following: separate dialogue discussion between the government and the opposition, choice of a facilitator should be mutual and the facilitator should be neutral and from the international community,and the goal of the dialogue should be the transparency of the electoral process.
The government agreed to hold separate dialogue discussions with the opposition as well as with other groups – RPG (Conde’s political party)’, centrists, civil society, etc. The government has not weighed in on the “goal” of the dialogue, yet. On the issue of how the facilitator is chosen, the government and the opposition hit a snag and discussion is currently at a standstill.
The opposition said it wanted a neutral facilitator from the international community. The government countered by saying the facilitator had to be from Guinea or a Guinean residing outside Guinea. The opposition suggested a compromise – two facilitators, one from the international arena and the other Guinean. The government categorically refused this idea and the opposition decided it was time to end the meeting and confer with opposition leadership.
Yet, throughout last week, the government floated publicly names of people it would like to have as facilitator:
–Dr. Sekou Conde Goureissy, Guinea’s former minister of security and former ombudsman for the transition The government states that Goureissy has experience in crisis prevention and management.
– Elhadj Aboubacar Sompare former chairman of the defunct National Assembly who supported Alpha Condé in the second round of the presidential election of 2010
-Djibril Tamsir Niane, a historian.
After the conclusion of the goernment-opposition discussions on Saturday, the Guinean opposition, which includes the Collective, ADP and CDR, has decided to hold a press conference on Monday, March 18 at 1pm at the Maison de la Presse in Conakry.
(Information for the above acquired from guineenews.org articles.)
GUINEAN DEMONSTRATORS SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER IN PARIS OUTSIDE THE QUAI D’ORSAY ABOUT THE BRUTAL REGIME OF ALPHA CONDE
The first portion of the video shows the demonstrators marching through the streets of Paris and the latter part is in front of the Quai D’Orsay with speakers and interviews with people in the crowd. Over 1,000 people participated in the demo.