Pourquoi cette détermination de la Communauté Internationale à adopter des standards uniques en Guinée ?

Published on Monday, 11 November 2013 23:16
Written by Abdourahmane Barry

Depuis les événements tragiques du 28 septembre 2009, les Guinéens font face à une implication qu’on peut qualifier de suspecte de la communauté internationale vu les agissements de certains acteurs dans la crise politique. Si pour certains, après les régimes de dictature subis depuis l’indépendance, les concepts moraux de portée universelle que sont le droit et la démocratie constituent un luxe pour nous, d’autres pensent simplement qu’il faut maquiller le système et servir les marchés qu’ils représentent, tant pis pour la morale. Aujourd’hui il y a lieu de se demander quelles valeurs morales défend la Communauté Internationale et sur quelle morale et quels principes, les représentants de nos partenaires se sont basés pour aider notre pays à réussir sa marche vers la démocratie.

Au regard d’une victimisation collective dont s’est toujours servi le système criminel qui a pris notre pays en otage depuis l’indépendance pour justifier le malheur dans lequel il a toujours plongé les populations, certains actes posés par cette communauté internationale en Guinée réputés aider notre pays pour le retour à l’ordre constitutionnel, soulèvent plutôt des interrogations quant à leur sincérité. Ne pouvait-on pas se passer des criminels au lieu de procéder au recyclage et à la promotion de certains parmi eux et non des moindres ? Voilà  le premier « deux poids deux mesures ».

Quelques semaines après le 28 septembre, le Conseil de sécurité des nations unies envoie une équipe de juristes pour enquêter sur les massacres et les viols. Le rapport de cette commission internationale a reconstitué la chaine de commandement des forces de sécurité pour les enquêtes préliminaires. En décembre de la même année, l’un des principaux accusés tente d’assassiner le chef de la junte. Cette même communauté internationale à Ouagadougou, désigne après l’avoir blanchi, Sekouba Konaté, un haut gradé impliqué dans cette chaine  pour diriger la transition avec comme mission : l’organisation des élections présidentielles et la restructuration des forces de sécurité. De retour en Guinée, il élargit sa mission à l’octroi de marches juteux… Continue reading “Pourquoi cette détermination de la Communauté Internationale à adopter des standards uniques en Guinée ?”


International Community Reps Pressure Guinea Opposition Leaders and Get, Pretty Much, Nowhere

Said Djinit arrived in Conarky from Dakar on Friday night and spent much of the day on Saturday visiting with the primary opposition leaders at their homes:  Lansana Kouyate, Sidya Toure, and Cellou Dalein Diallo.  Djinnit was supposed to visit with representatives of Conde’s party, the government and the CENI, yet there is no news about whether this happened, or, if it did, what came out of it.  Djinnit spoke with Africaguinee to indicate what he thought the next steps should be.  He stressed the need for the opposition to stick with the CENI vote counting process to its conclusion. After this, he suggests that if the opposition has outstanding “irregularities” or issues of fraud, it should take its case to the Supreme Court, adding that the Court should review the case fairly!

Late last night, the opposition signaled its reaction to the visit of the international community representatives. Diallo met late yesterday with his party supporters at their UFDG headquarters in Hamdallaye.  He told them to be ready to hit the streets for a demonstration if the CENI proceeds to validate the election results, which the opposition claims are massively fraudulent.

Said Djinnit was accompanied in these visits by US ambassador, Alex Laskaris, French ambassador, Bertrand Cochery, and EU representative Philippe Van Damme. Ambassador Laskaris offered to examine the irregularities and fraud identified by the opposition and  determine whether or not they “affect” the overall election.  Given that the opposition says the fraud is massive and widespread, such a comment from Laskaris suggests that, at the outset, he is trying to discount opposition concerns.

The other two primary opposition leaders, Sidya Toure (UFR) and Lansana Kouyate (PEDN), also maintain their call for the CENI to annul the election and request their followers to be at the ready. 

Guinea’s Legislative Election Postponed to September 28 – Reuters

Guinea’s legislative election postponed to September 28: mediator

CONAKRY | Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:47pm EDT

(Reuters) – Guinea’s long-delayed legislative election scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed by four days to September 28 following talks between the opposition and government on Saturday in Conakry, a U.N. mediator said.

Guinea’s main opposition leader had threatened to call supporters into the streets if authorities pushed ahead with the election without fully addressing complaints over preparations. He said he was satisfied with the delay announced on Saturday.

The poll, meant to cap Guinea’s transition back to civilian rule, has been delayed repeatedly since President Alpha Conde was elected three years ago, sowing doubts among Guineans, investors and donors over political progress in the world’s top bauxite exporter.

Said Djinnit, the U.N. mediator charged with ending a political deadlock in a country that is prone to violent street protests, said all parties had agreed to the delay to let the electoral commission fine-tune its plans.

“We are convinced that with this agreement, nothing can hinder the holding of parliamentary elections under free, transparent, and inclusive conditions on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in Guinea and abroad,” Djinnit said.

The opposition has complained that the voter list is riddled with errors, meaning many of its supporters have been left off while people elsewhere in the country have been registered several times over.

It also complains that polling stations in opposition strongholds have been scattered far apart, meaning voters would have to travel far and therefore be less likely to vote.

Cellou Dalein Diallo, the main opposition leader, said he had wanted a longer delay to fix the problems but had agreed to the compromise of Sept 28.

“For the credibility of the agreement (reached between the political parties), it was important to have a further delay,” he said.

Dozens of people have been killed in protests over the election preparations this year.

Election experts say the delay will allow organizers to address some of the issues, but a fundamental lack of trust between the two sides and the election commission, which is seen as pro-Conde, means tensions are likely to simmer.

The West African nation’s economic growth forecast has been slashed to 2.9 percent for this year, down from 4.5 percent, because of the protests and political paralysis.

The unrest and a review of contracts led to major mining firms – looking to tap into Guinea’s iron ore reserves, seen as some of the world’s largest – stalling planned projects.

(Writing by David Lewis and Bate Felix; Editing by Peter Cooney)

(Audio) Declaration to Postpone Guinea Legislative Elections Date to SEPT 28, Read by UN Rep. Said Djinnit, Today, Sept. 21 in Conakry

Deja vu, all over again.  One more opportunity to contemplate the value of the international community’s assistance to Guinea in its march towards democracy.  Hopefully, the opposition’s rank and file will hold a press conference to share their thoughts.
Please note, the audio is a bit rough.

UN’s Djinit Sends in the Cavalry: A Technical Comm. – EU, ECOWAS and the Francophonie

Xinhua reported yesterday that an international cavalry, consisting of representatives of the EU, ECOWAS and the Francophonie, will work on technical aspects of Guinea’s legislative elections along with the government and opposition.  Decision on postponement of the election has not been announced yet, so it’s difficult to know just how these representatives will fit into the process.
The Francophonie’s duplicitous machinations in favor of Conde in 2010 should make the opposition wary at this juncture.  Don’t forget that the Francophonie has a checkered reputation when it comes to managing other countries’ elections — Gabon, Cameroon, for example. Overall, this cavary is not there to seek an appropriate delay in the elections so that the breadth of “irregularities” can be identified and addressed.  These folks are in Guinea to close the deal.
ECOWAS (CEDEAO) representative, Kadre Desire Ouedrago made a statement to the press a short while ago saying that he thinks preparations for the elections are complete at this juncture. Mr. Ouedrago goes on talking for a while and his numerous kernels of “wisdom” reveal he is trying too hard. Now you can add, ECOWAS on the same side of the balance book with Francophonie.  Can EU be far behind?
Published on Friday, 20 September 2013 11:56 p.m.
Written by Barrie K

to produce a report outlining the circumstances of the situation

In order to correct discrepancies, the Guinean opposition asked Friday during a short meeting led by the college of the facilitators, one-month postponement of parliamentary elections, initially prevented for September 24.

After a meeting of more than 10 clock hours, stakeholders dialogue and negotiation have not found consensus on respect for the timetable previously set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), following the political agreement achieved last July 3.

On this, the delegation of the opposition felt it takes 30 days to correct any deficiencies in the electoral process in order to obtain a clean and reliable electoral register. The number of anomaly discussed duplicates, cutting the electoral map and approximation of their voters polling stations nationwide.

Meanwhile, the delegation of presidential movement evoked a delay of one week is more than enough to correct the shortcomings of file and obtain reliable data to go to the required legislation.

To decide on all electoral matters, technical crisis committee composed of experts from the European Union (EU), the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF), ECOWAS, and two representatives of the opposition and presidential camp has been set up to produce a report outlining the circumstances prevailing situation.

Xinhua News Agency

Facilitators Announce the Resumption of Guinea Dialogue Talks Between the Gov’t. and the Opposition on Monday — To What End?

From Guinee58, translated into English via Google with editing by Guinea Oye

Facilitators announce the resumption of dialogue talks between the government and the opposition

The facilitators of the dialogue, Said Djinnit of the UN, Abubakar Somparé for government and Salifou Sylla for the opposition, announced that both the government and opposition will resume talks on Monday.exited from a meeting that had just split up and announced they had a communiqueconcluded a press release announcing the resumption of dialogue between government and opposition in Conakry. The three men were able to pull the leaders together, including the opposition around the negotiating table.

It should be recalled that the opposition had suspended its participation in the dialogue following the attack on the home of Cellou DaleinDiallo of the UFDG, on June 19. Since then, the process has sunk into a stalemate. It is a hope that is looming on the horizon in this crisis. Facilitators in their statement lamented “the unfortunate incident of 19 June 2013. “ They also welcomed “the initiatives taken by the Government, different policies and representatives of the international community actors to show their sympathy to Mr. Diallo. “


Full text of the facilitators’ statement

The facilitators of the inter-Guinean dialogue with satisfaction for the progress made since the launch of the dialogue, especially in formal discussions held from June 5 to 9.  It is also noted that the hopes raised by the dialogue and the calming atmosphere will prevail in the country for this meeting.

It is in this context that the facilitators, lamented the unfortunate incident of 19 June 2013. They noted with satisfaction all initiatives taken by the Government, different political actors and representatives of the international community who demonstrated their sympathy to Mr. Diallo.

The facilitators particularly welcome the statement by the President of the Republic of 29 June 2013 in which he reaffirmed his determination to carry out an investigation so as to know the conclusions.. In his statement, the President stressed that justice will rule and the necessary decisions will be taken accordingly and noted that impunity was not compatible with the rule of law. In the meantime, the President requested the Government, in conjunction with stakeholders, to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of leaders of political parties.

Given the assurances of authorities of the country, in particular regarding the security officials of political parties, and consultations not undertaken, facilitation on outstanding issues of dialogue, the facilitators consider that the conditions are ripe for the resumption of dialogue. To this end, he invited all stakeholders to resume formal talks on Monday 1 July at 15h at the People’s Palace.

The facilitators take this opportunity to appeal to all parties concerned and to all the citizens, in order to preserve the calm of the prevailing climate and to create the conditions for the continuation and conclusion of the dialogue which will re-start on Monday, in order to achieve free, fair and peaceful elections.


Dakar, 30 June 2013

Saïd Djinnit

Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations West Africa,
International Facilitator of the inter-dialogue Guinea

(VIDEO-FR): Struggling to Understand How the Dialogue Deal Went Down and What It Means for the Elections? Cellou Dalein Diallo, Opposition Leader, Gives Interview

Diallo5-23morgueCellou Dalein Diallo, President of the UFDG – Guinea Opposition Party
NOTE:   Video clips #2 and #4 are producing an error message and no video.  If, and when, this is straightened out, we will let you know — Guinea Oye.
In an interview with your daily online Guineenews Elhadj Diallo responds to the hot issues of the day: the ongoing political dialogue, the ability to accept a government of national unity, the possibility of forming electoral coalitions . during the upcoming parliamentary elections, the Sankhon Malick trial against Diallo, etc. Meanwhile decrypting the full interview, here are some video clips of this great interview:
1) – Dialogue is not finished talking Cellou Dalein
2) * – The dialogue process according to Diallo Cellou Dalein speaks of dialogue
3) – Diallo acknowledges that the formation of a government of national unity is not to be excluded Cellou Dalein speaks of unity government
4) * – “I wanted to change the Guinea by example” I wanted to change the Guinea
5) – Cellou Dalein on Country Governance: “I am very proud of my record, despite the difficulties” Cellou speaks Conte
6) – “All three negotiating points that remain are important” The three points of negotiation
7) – “We must reopen Carles to allow opposition activists to enlist”, says Diallo Reopening Carles
8) – Elhadj Diallo on trial who opposes Malick Sankhon Cellou talking about Malick Sankhon
Nouhou Baldé
Conakry, Guinée