Monday August 1, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Conakry: the head of Guinean diplomacy, Morissanda Kouyaté summoned the French ambassadors, Marc Fonbaustier, American, Troy Fitrell, as well as the representatives of the European Union, the United Nations and the ECOWAS, for a “friendly protest”, in the words of a participant in the meeting contacted by Young Africa. According to our information, it is actually a much firmer focus.
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Morrisanda Kouyate a indeed especially wished to protest against the diplomatic remonstrances of the members of the G5 after the demonstrations of July 28 and 29 – which cost the lives of five people and caused a hundred arrests. On July 31, the G5 issued a statement expressing its “deep concern” and deploring the “excessive use of force and the alleged use of lethal weapons for the maintenance of order”.
The group had called on the president of the transition, Mamadi Doumbouya, to “initiate an investigation into the violations and abuses of human rights”. However, this concerned appeal reached the government through the press and social networks, moreover on a Sunday, which did not please those concerned at all.
“Not accredited with Facebook”
This August 1, Morrisanda Kouyaté did not fail to remind diplomats that they were not “accredited with Facebook” but with the state. In in other words, the Minister recalled that there are more appropriate channels than social networks to send a diplomatic message. The G5 should have warned the government before issuing its communiqué, he added.
In return, the G5 recognized “blunders” and justified itself by evoking the urgency, and the fact that its protest concerned the transitional authorities but also the opposition of the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution, organizer of the demonstrations. The summoned ambassadors also presented their apologies to the head of Guinean diplomacy.
“In these kinds of circumstances, it is preferable to avoid controversy and focus on the essential, which remains the success of the transition in favor of the Guinean population”, tempers a source close to the G5. According to our information, despite the apologies on the form of the message, the diplomats nevertheless kept the same line as to the content of their communiqué initial.