(No. 389 – December 9, 2010 – 6:30 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding the elections in Guinea:
“Canada congratulates the Guinean people for holding this historic election, as well as for their patience throughout the transition process. The nomination of the first democratically elected president representing the entire population is a major step toward social and economic development in Guinea.
“Canada recognizes the final results of the second round of the Guinean presidential election, proclaimed by the Supreme Court on December 3, which confirmed the victory of Alpha Condé with 52.52 percent of the vote.
“Canada extends its congratulations to Mr. Condé for his victory and to Cellou Dalein Diallo for acknowledging the results, as well as to all the actors in the transition. Canada calls on all parties to continue working together to build upon the accomplishments of the last few months.
“Canada acknowledges, among other things, the unfailing commitment of General Sékouba Konaté, and that of the African countries, the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union, which were involved in Guinea’s political transition.
“Canada wishes to reaffirm its support to the Guinean people and authorities in their efforts to consolidate peace and democracy in Guinea.
“Canada also takes this opportunity to congratulate General Konaté for his appointment as High Representative of the African Union and for making operational the African Standby Force. He will be responsible for the planning and strategic management of the African Union's peace support operations.”
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