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Guinea: Ban Calls For Peaceful Transfer Of Power

Guinea: Ban Calls For Peaceful, Democratic Power Transfer After President’s Death

New York, Dec 23 2008 2:10PM

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended his condolences on the passing of General Lansana Conté of Guinea, and stressed the need for a peaceful, democratic and constitutional transfer of power, following a reported coup attempt in the West African nation just hours after the President’s death.

“He calls for calm and urges the armed forces and all stakeholders to respect the democratic process,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement .

“At this time of transition in Guinea, the Secretary-General stresses the need for a peaceful and democratic transfer of power, in accordance with the Constitution.”

The statement also acknowledged President Conté’s “long-standing commitment to the maintenance of peace and unity in Guinea and to the promotion of stability and regional cooperation in the Mano River Basin.”

In particular, Mr. Ban commended Guinea’s generosity in hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict in neighbouring countries.

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