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The ECOWAS delegation finally arrives this Friday, September 10, 2021 in Guinea. A visit to assess the situation, five days after the coup that overthrew Alpha Condé. The West African organization has already looked into the Guinean case on Wednesday at an extraordinary summit. It suspended the country from its proceedings and once again demanded the release of the president, who is currently being held in an undisclosed location.
The dispatch of this diplomatic mission, initially announced for Thursday, has therefore been postponed until Friday. It should include several foreign ministers of the sub-region, in particular Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso and Nigeria, as well as the president of the ECOWAS commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou.
This delegation should therefore meet the new authorities of the CNRD, the National Committee for Reunification and Development, headed by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, and see what its intentions are.
The mission is also expected to emphasize the fate of Alpha Condé, who has not appeared in public since the photos circulated on Sunday during his arrest.
The ECOWAS “holds the CNRD coup plotters individually and collectively responsible for the physical integrity” of the ousted president, according to the statement released after the virtual summit.
“We are going to insist on seeing him,” said a member of the delegation, to “ensure his physical integrity” and “want to get him out as quickly as possible, that is the main objective of this mission”. “We want him to leave the country in the next few days”, continues our interlocutor, “probably not in West Africa”, but “elsewhere on the continent”.
Alpha Condé has not been seen in public since the photos circulated on Sunday during his arrest. Some sources say he is at the special forces headquarters near the People’s Palace in Conakry. “He is well treated and receives regular visits from his doctor,” assures a member of the CNRD. But the junta has given no indication of the fate it intends to reserve for the ousted president.
Wednesday’s summit did not lead to economic sanctions or individual sanctions against junta officials, but ECOWAS says it “will re-examine the situation depending on what happens next and after the diplomatic mission’s report. “
On the outskirts of the special forces headquarters, this entrepreneur waits in his car, hoping for a hypothetical meeting with the CNRD officials.
After this sub-regional meeting, there has not yet been an official reaction from the CNRD. Wednesday evening at RTG, public television, in a statement read by CNRD spokesperson Colonel Amara Camara, each ministry was asked to prepare an interview and a written report for Friday 6 p.m. for a meeting. with the committee.
Another diplomatic mission is already envisaged, as a second step, for discussions on the next stages of the transition.
For the moment, there is little information circulating on the transition imagined by the military putschists. But they seem to want to give pledges, with very symbolic measures: the release of political prisoners, but also the dismantling of the highly contested outposts. The PA had been set up at the height of the protest against the third term of Alpha Condé, to suppress the demonstrations.
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