During a working visit to Conakry on Monday, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel hoped that civilians would return to power within a “reasonable” time frame in Guinea. However, he reserves the right to set a deadline, which indicates that it is up to Guineans to decide on this transfer, which will be accompanied by his organization and its partners from AU and ECOWAS.
as reported from Conakry, Mouctar Bah
Arrived in Conakry on Monday, Mahamat Saleh Annadif had a very busy schedule. He met in turn with the new Guinean authorities, accredited diplomats in Guinea and the leaders of the main opposition parties against the regime of former President Alpha Condé.
Everyone received the same message: “We sent them a simple message to simply say that we want to listen to them, what do they think about the future of their country, what transition do they want for their country, so that we can follow them so that Guinea can come from there ”.
The UN diplomat also met with the former Guinean president without saying the content of their meeting. “We met with President Alpha Condé, we looked after his safety and health. He feels good “.
Regarding the duration of the transition, which worries the Guineans, Mahamat Saleh Annadif said that the UN had no demands. “The duration of the transition will be decided by the Guineans themselves. We are in consultation with ECOWAS and so far we have said that we want a reasonable duration, but the reasonable duration depends on the Guineans themselves ”.
The UN Special Representative in West Africa expressed concern over the return of coups in Africa, especially in Mali, Chad and now in Guinea, which he said could be interpreted as “a democratic setback”.
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