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UN Security Council worried by 'volatile' Guinea

30 april 2013, 18:06
Guinea's President Alpha Conde. ©REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Guinea's President Alpha Conde. ©REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
The UN Security Council on Monday expressed concern over "volatile" events in Guinea in the runup to a bitterly contested election in June, AFP reports.

The 15-nation council "deplored" the latest in a series of deadly clashes in the West African nation that have heightened political tensions.

International fears have grown since police opened fire on demonstrators on Thursday, killing one teenager and wounding other people. The Security Council expressed "concern over the volatile situation," said a council statement.

President Alpha Conde has called an election for June 30 in the face of opposition by parties who say it will not be free and fair. The Security Council, however, welcomed an April 24 statement by Conde that "expressed his readiness to ensure the transparency and the credibility of the electoral process" and "committed himself to accepting the results".

Elections have been due since 2011 but have been called off several times because of disagreements between the government and opposition.

The most recent date of May 12 was abandoned after opposition protests in February in which nine people were killed and more than 240 injured.

The Security Council said all sides should work with UN envoy Said Djinnit to create the conditions for "the holding of free, fair, transparent and inclusive" elections.

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