Amid recent violence, UN Peacebuilding Commission appeals for dialogue in Guinea

People in the capital Conakry line up to vote in Guinea's June 2010 presidential election. Photo: Nancy Palus/IRIN

7 March 2013 – The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) has voiced concern about the recent violence in Guinea and called on all parties to exercise restraint and engage in dialogue.

Recent protests in the West African nation – related to the preparations for the upcoming legislative polls – have reportedly led to several deaths and hundreds of injuries.

The Peacebuilding Commission’s Guinea configuration issued a statement yesterday in which it appealed to all parties to exercise restraint.

“The Configuration encourages all political stakeholders in Guinea to engage in the dialogue process that was launched by the President of the Republic in a constructive manner, with a view to the organization of elections which are free, transparent, credible at both the political and technical levels, peaceful, acceptable and accepted by all.”

Guinea is one of six countries – along with Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone – currently on the agenda of the Commission, which was set up in 2005 to help countries emerging from conflict make an irreversible transition from war to sustainable peace.

Both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN human rights office have in recent days appealed for calm amid the violence and urged political actors in Guinea to pursue dialogue to create conditions for peaceful May elections.

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