Statement by Minister Cannon on Elections in Guinea

(No. 366 - November 16, 2010 - 5:20 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding the second round of Guinea’s presidential elections, which were held on November 7, 2010:

“Canada congratulates Guineans for their strong participation in the second round of the presidential elections held on November 7. Through their large presence at the polls, Guineans demonstrated their determination to see Guinea’s historic progress toward transition continue.

“As they await the Constitutional Court’s confirmation of the final results, Canada urges the candidates and all political leaders to put peace and national unity before partisanship and to renew their appeals for calm and tolerance. Successful political transition requires sustained political and social stability.

“Canada calls on all parties to honour the will of the Guinean people expressed in this election by respecting the mandates and decisions of the National Independent Electoral Commission and of the Constitutional Court, and by turning exclusively to legal means to challenge results. Canada also urges the security forces to exercise restraint and respect human rights.

“Canada once again acknowledges the unfailing commitment of Gen. Sékouba Konaté and the African countries assisting in Guinea’s political transition and, especially, the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union.”

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