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GUINEA DIALOGUE: Opposition Chooses Its Mediator – Salifou Sylla, Still Waiting for Gov’t. Choice and Selection of Mediator from the International Community

March 21, 2013

Today, the opposition submitted to Prime Minister Fofana’s office, the name of Salifou Sylla as its choice for mediator. The government is supposed to announce the name of its mediator shortly. And, then the most interesting step is choosing a mediator from the international community. The opposition expressed a distinct preference to a have a mediator from either ECOWAS or the African Union. is reporting that a likely candidate for the position of international mediator is General Lamine Cisse, a Senegalese national. He was Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the UN Office for Peacebuilding in the Central African Republic (BONUCA) from 2007 to 2011.

Background on Salifou Sylla can be found in the following article from [translated via Google with editing by Guinea Oye]

The opposition’s choice for mediator in the crisis is Salifou Sylla

Posted on March 21, 2013

Opponents gathered within the collective, ADP and CDR brought their choice on a former Minister of Justice under Lansana Conté’s administration to conduct the negotiations. Their choice is Salifou Sylla, who currently serves as amember of the National Council ofTtransition (CNT) which functions as Guinea’s parliament.

Reached by telephone by Aboubacar Sylla, spokesman for the opposition this Salifou Sylla like a man who has proven experience. “He was a minister of justice, he was Ambassador of Guinea to Paris. He participated in the drafting of some of our constitutions. He always had a measured position in the electoral process. So we trust him,” said the leader of the Union of Forces for Change.

For Aboubacar Sylla, the former minister has no affiliation with party of the opposition. “We looked for a facilitator who is not necessarily of our political parties, who is able to inspire our confidence as well a others,” he adds. The former Minister of Communication indicated that the opposition had called some people to serve as mediator. “There are some that were also proposed, but they said they were not available. We thought the ambassador Rafiou Barry, who was a member of the mediation of Archbishop Gomez, who resigned because he saw the drift over time of the committee. There are also Hadja Aicha Bah. It has emerged a group of names, finally, our choice fell on Mr. Salifou Sylla, “he says.

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