Republic of Guinea: Security Council Press Statement
The following press statement was issued today by Security Council President Eugène-Richard Gasana ( Rwanda):
The members of the Security Council heard a report on 25 April 2013 by Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, on the situation in the Republic of Guinea.
The members of the Security Council expressed their concern over the volatile situation in the country.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the joint declaration of non-violence signed in Conakry on 23 April 2013 between the main Guinean stakeholders, whereby they called upon the security forces as well as the supporters of all political parties to exercise restraint and to avoid all forms of violence, in particular during political demonstrations, and whereby they committed themselves to resolving all differences exclusively through peaceful means.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the statement made by the President of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Condé, on 24 April 2013, whereby he expressed his readiness to ensure the transparency and the credibility of the electoral process, with the support of the international community, and he committed himself to accepting the results of the upcoming legislative elections.
The members of the Security Council deplored the violent incidents that occurred during the demonstrations in Conakry on 25 April 2013, which resulted in the death of one person and injured a number of others.
The members of the Security Council urged all parties to exercise restraint and to uphold the joint declaration of non-violence of 23 April 2013.
The members of the Security Council expressed their strong support for the facilitation efforts led by Special Representative Said Djinnit to resume the national political dialogue between the Government of the Republic of Guinea and the opposition. They called upon all the parties to cooperate closely with him with a view to creating the conditions necessary for a national political dialogue conducive to the holding of free, fair, transparent and inclusive legislative elections in Guinea.
The members of the Security Council expressed their determination to continue to follow closely the situation in Guinea.