Post-Election Violence in Guinea

Press Statement
Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
November 17, 2010

The United States condemns the violent clashes between rival political supporters in Guinea following the November 15 announcement of the provisional presidential election results. Such incidents have no place in the democratic society that Guinea aspires to become.

The United States calls on Guinea’s political leaders to urge their supporters to refrain from violence during the State of Emergency period implemented as of November 17. We further urge those who wish to challenge the provisional results to use the established constitutional procedures to reconcile such disputes.

The United States thanks interim President General Konaté for his efforts to maintain order during this period of political transition in Guinea. This outcome deserves the commitment and peaceful engagement of Guinea’s political leaders and people.

PRN: 2010/1671