Secretary-General Welcomes Progress Towards Restoration of Constitutional Order in Guinea

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The following statement was issued this evening by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the recent progress towards the restoration of constitutional order in Guinea. He spoke today with President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and commended him and all those who facilitated the signing late last week of the Ouagadougou Agreement, which provides for the establishment of a government of national unity, led by a Consensus Prime Minister, and the holding of elections within six months.

The Secretary-General welcomes the decision by the Guinean Head of State, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, to support the transitional programme initiated by the Interim Head of State, General Sekouba Konaté, and the commitment by himself, the members of the National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) and the Government, not to stand in the forthcoming elections. It is important that these commitments are now faithfully carried out to ensure a democratic process and the establishment of a government that fully reflects the will of the Guinean people. In addition, the Secretary-General reminds the Government of Guinea of the need to expeditiously implement the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry.

The Secretary General calls on Guinea's regional and international partners to provide the necessary support to help the country through the transition and urges all Guinean political stakeholders to work together to resolve the current crisis. The United Nations stands ready to do its part, including by assisting with elections and through the continued efforts of the Secretary-General's Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, who is working closely with regional partners to help resolve the crisis.

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