Guinea Update: John Marc Telliano Stopped at Airport, Dialogue Facilitator Quits Before He Starts, New Political Coalition, and Interview with Cellou Dalein Diallo Yesterday (VIDEO-FR)
Jean Marc Telliano, leader of the RDIG party, who was questioned by the police because of remarks he made at the February 27 march concerning Alpha Conde which the government deemed slanderous, was prevented from leaving Guinea at the Conakry-Gbessia airport this morning. His wife was with him. Evidently, he was trying to board a plane to Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
According to an article in africaguinee.com, one of the two facilitators that the government said it would use in dialogue talks, Dr. Sekou Koureissy Conde, has informed the government he will not be able to serve in that role. His reasons are difficult to discern, but he did say he didn’t want to have to be on one side or the other. He suggested that if there was one overall facilitator for the dialogue, he would be interested in playing that role. He also said if it was one overall facilitator and one facilitator from the international community, that would be okay as well.
A press conference was held today, according to aminata.com, to announce a new political coalition that has been formed. The name of the group is Officials Consultation Framework for Action and the Presidential Movement or CAMP. They signed a Memorandum of Understanding consisting of the participating parties who have the same political affiliation: UNED, represented by its President El Hadj Diao Kante; the (PDG / RDA), represented by Mohamed Toure; (GRUP), represented by Dr Saidou Dioubaté; AFIA, represented by its Vice-President. These parties were within the RPG-arc-en-ciel, Alpha Conde’s party, but wish to have a framework where ideas and strategies can be discussed in order to focus on society and development issues which are important to the president.
And for those who know French, here’s video of an interview that was done yesterday with Cellou Dalein Diallo, President of UFDG, member of the opposition coalition. (from guineeactu.com)