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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 12, 2009


U.S. Welcomes ECOWAS Suspension of Guinea

The United States welcomes the decision by the heads of government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to suspend Guinea's membership until elections are held. We support the efforts of ECOWAS and the African Union to speed Guinea's 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 has suspended assistance to Guinea, with the exception of humanitarian aid and programs supporting the democratic process.

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Released on January 12, 2009

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