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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 6, 2009


U.S. Calls for Elections in Guinea, Suspends Aid

The United States remains concerned about the military coup in Guinea. We support the efforts of the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to speed the transition to civilian rule. We reiterate our call for a return to civilian rule and the holding of free, fair and transparent elections as soon as possible. We note that at the time of President Conte's death, Guinea was preparing for legislative elections in early 2009.

The United States is suspending assistance to Guinea, with the exception of humanitarian aid and programs supporting the democratic process.

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Released on January 6, 2009

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