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Possible Military Intervention in Guinea

Monday, December 21, 2009

Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara (Photo by Schalk van Zuydame/File/AP)

There has been a recent build-up of armed militias within Guinea and an unstable situation within the military-junta in where factions are fighting amongst themselves.  Which could give possible credence to Moussa Dadis’ claim that he was not personally responsible for the massacre of innocent civilians back in September.  Dadis claimed it was rouge elements in the military and that he was having trouble controlling the situation in his country (Dadis was recently attacked and shot by a would-be assassin from his own military).  However, Human Rights Watch states that the massacre may have been planned in advance and that the government did much to cover-up who was responsible. reports:

At the end of a meeting of the International Contact Group on Guinea in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on Sunday, the group issued a communiqué repeating an earlier call on the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to establish what it called “an international observation and security mission composed of civilians and the military to help provide security for the population and ensure the protection of institutions and key figures” in Guinea.

The communiqué was issued against the backdrop of an appeal by the president of the Ecowas Commission, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, at the beginning of the meeting for the “preventative deployment” of a force to protect civilians and provide humanitarian aid.

Agence France-Presse reported that Chambas warned that conflict in Guinea risked not only destabilizing that country, but “undermines all our efforts to consolidate peace in post-conflict countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Ivory Coast.”


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