World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Guinea: Breakthrough Political Deal between Govt, Opposition

Guinea: UN's Ban Hails 'Breakthrough' Political Deal between Government, Opposition

New York, Jul 4 2013 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing of an agreement between Guinea's presidential coalition and opposition parties to hold legislative elections, commending all political leaders for "choosing the path of dialogue to address their differences."

Hailing this political development as a "breakthrough," Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by a spokesperson in New York, welcomed the signing on 3 July of the deal in the Guinean capital, Conakry, at the end of the UN-mediated inter-Guinean political dialogue that was launched on 28 March.

According to news reports, the agreement set legislative elections for the end of September, aiming to conclude Guinea's political transition peacefully.

In March, protests in the West African nation related to the long-delayed polls led to several deaths and hundreds of injuries. At that time, both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN human rights office appealed for calm amid the violence and urged political actors in Guinea to pursue dialogue to create conditions for peaceful elections.

"The Secretary-General is encouraged by this breakthrough which charts the way for free, fair, transparent and peaceful legislative elections," today's statement says, adding that the UN chief commends the sense of compromise of the Guinean political leadership in overcoming the political impasse.

"He urges them to adhere strictly to the new electoral timeline, so as to establish democratic institutions and allow the country to achieve national cohesion and social and economic development."

The Secretary-General in the statement calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), with the support of international bilateral and multilateral partners, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the United Nations, to do its utmost to implement the electoral timeline.

"The United Nations is fully committed to extend the required assistance for holding these important elections," he says.

Mr. Ban goes on to commend Guinean President Alpha Condé for initiating a political dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues pertaining to the electoral process. Through the statement, he also commends all other political leaders for choosing the path of dialogue to address their differences.

"The Secretary-General also thanks the College of Facilitators, including his Special Representative for West Africa, Mr. Said Djinnit, for their contribution towards this milestone agreement for the consolidation of democracy and stability in Guinea," the statement concludes.

For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Yemen: Killing Or Maiming An Average Of Eight Children A Day

Killing or maiming an average of eight children a day, ‘brutal’ Yemen conflict must end – UNICEF More>>

Changing Habits/behaviours Key To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy can be caused by factors such as negative beliefs based on myths, misinformation. Fear of needles can be a factor for refusal. Photo: PAHO/WHO More>>

Burundi: Ban Condemns Assassination Of Senior Army Officer

Refugees from Burundi in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: OCHA/Naomi Frerotte United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination Burundi’s former Army Chief of Staff, Colonel Jean Bikomagu, who ... More>>

Deadly Industrial Explosions In Northern China

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the injuries to scores of people as a result of deadly explosions in Tianjin, China. More>>

UN Urges Action To Tackle Deepening Refugee Crisis In Greece

A group of Syrian refugees arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey, near Skala Sykaminias, Greece. Photo: UNHCR/A. McConnell More>>

Probe Into Those Responsible For Chemical Weapons In Syria

The US Vessel Cape Ray, on which all 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas were removed from Syria and safely destroyed as the ship sailed in international waters in 2014. Photo: US Dept. of Transportation More>>

Myanmar Election: UNICEF Urges Prioritisation Of Children

With 99 days to go before Myanmar elections, UNICEF urges candidates make children the clear winner More>>

Liberia Thousands Of Unregistered Children Born During Ebola Crisis

Thousands of unregistered children born in Liberia during Ebola crisis at risk of exploitation – UNICEF More>>

UN Refugee Agency Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Myanmar

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt (left) in Myitkyina township, Kachin State, Myanmar, meeting with some of the 100,000 displaced people who currently live there. Photo: UNHCR/T.Stoddart More>>

As Health Needs Rise In Somalia, Funding Hits New Low

As health needs rise in Somalia, funding hits new low, cutting off 1.5 million from care – UN More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news