Friday, November 19, 2010

The Carter Center Urges Calm, Restraint in Guinea

The Carter Center appeals to Guinea's political party leaders to allow the Supreme Court to resolve any disputes over election results and to reiterate their appeals for calm. At the same time, the Center welcomes pledges made by both candidates to constitute a government of national unity as a gesture of reconciliation regardless of who is declared winner by the Supreme Court.

The Center is deeply concerned about acts of violence, persecution, and vandalism that occurred prior to the elections and in many areas of Guinea since the announcement of provisional election results on Nov. 15. The Center unequivocally condemns such acts and calls on the government to prosecute the perpetrators to the full extent of the law.

While it is appropriate that State and security forces assume their responsibilities, it is essential that they avoid excessive use of force.

The Center endorses the role of the International Contact Group in encouraging restraint and reconciliation and reminding leaders of both parties that they will be held accountable for any violence by their supporters.

Observers, both domestic and international, found that the run-off election was transparent and credible, despite some weaknesses. The electoral process should be permitted to continue free from interference.

The people of Guinea must not allow isolated acts of violence and unsubstantiated rumors to undermine the progress made this year in bringing more accountable government to their country. Guinea can be justly proud of the historic national achievement of the elections and the transition to civilian rule so far – this is a critical juncture to ensure that the steps that have been made are not undone.

At this moment of great promise, the party leaders must show exceptional leadership in uniting the nation and ensuring a smooth transition to a more democratic future. 


The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide. A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, the Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers to increase crop production.  Please visit to learn more about The Carter Center.

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