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Statement by the Guinea Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission

Published Tuesday September 17 2013

Ahead of the legislative elections of 24 September 2013, the Guinea Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission congratulates the government and people of Guinea for the important progress made on the road to the consolidation of democracy, stability and peace. The legislative elections represent a historic occasion for the Republic of Guinea to achieve its transition. The Guinea Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission trusts that these elections will be inclusive, free, transparent and peaceful, and in keeping with the rule of law.

The Configuration calls upon all political stakeholders and leaders to take their responsibilities seriously and to honour their commitments, notably as stipulated in the agreement on the preparation and organization of the 2013 legislative elections, concluded on 3 July and the declaration of non-violence, signed on 23 April 2013.

The Configuration calls upon the Guinean stakeholders to do everything for the elections to be held under secure and peaceful conditions. It also urges the Independent National Electoral Commission to keep to the schedule of electoral operations and follow the procedures for preparatory activities, in accordance with the 3 July agreement.

The Configuration welcomes the election observation efforts and the efforts to support social peace, especially efforts by Guinean civil society and its partners. It also welcomes the support of Guinea’s international partners, which is aimed at strengthening the Guinean people’s trust in the electoral process.

The Configuration assures the government and the people of Guinea that it stands ready to continue supporting the country beyond the elections on the path towards the consolidation of democracy, peace and inclusive sustainable socio-economic development.