The Economic Community of West African
States (ECOWAS) says it remains committed to working with the people of Guinea
to ensure the restoration of constitutional order and the holding of credible
elections in that country.
ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas told said
ultimately the Guinean people must have a say in choosing their leader. He spoke to VOA and paid tribute to the late Guinean leader Lansana Conte who passed away this week
after ruling Guinea for 24 years.
of all, I would like to express my condolences and the condolences of ECOWAS to
the family of President Lansana Conte, to the government and the people of
Guinea on the passing of the president. President Conte will be remembered for
being a pillar of stability in the Mano River Union area and the sub-region of
West Africa which has gone through tremendous difficulties and crises and civil
wars. And all through that period, he remained the bulwark against rebel
insurrections,” he said.
said the late Conte took a position against military coups that was consistent
with that of the African Union, particularly ECOWAS that military coups should
not be accepted.
has half the world’s known reserves of bauxite and deposits of diamonds and
said Guinea has a brighter future because of its abundant natural and human
if it becomes to form politically and economically, will be able to realize its
potentiality and indeed it would turn out to be one of the centers of growth,
development and integration in West Africa,” Chambas said.
said ECOWAS will continue to work with the people of Guinea until
constitutional order is restored.
remains engaged in working with the Guinen to strengthen constitutional
institutions, to work with that country for elections. So certainly as in other
countries in the region, the role of ECOWAS will be a supportive one. We’ll
work very closely with the people of Guinea to ensure that constitutional order
is maintained, to ensure that credible and transparent elections can be held so
that ultimately it’s the people’s choice which will be respected,” Chambas