AU criticises UN `interference` in Guinea
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 12:32
Tripoli: Libya, which currently holds the African Union presidency has criticised the United Nations for interfering in Guinea's internal affairs by mounting an investigation into a bloody police crackdown.

"The African Union strongly rejects this intervention (by the UN) which it considers as interference in the internal affairs of an independent country," the official Jana news agency quoted a African Union presidency spokesman as saying yesterday.

"All intervention by the UN (in Guinea) shall be considered as a dangerous deviation of the mission of this international organisation," added the spokesman.

UN envoy Haile Menkerios visited Guinea yesterday, where he said he received a pledge from military ruler Moussa Dadis Camara to cooperate with the UN's probe into the police crackdown.

Guinea troops entered a football stadium September 28 and opened fire on unarmed opposition demonstrators angered by Camara's purported plans to run in the January presidential elections. At least 150 people were killed, according to a UN estimate, while the junta says 56 civilians died.

The African Union has supported mediation efforts by Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore.

The African Union had also set a weekend deadline for Camara to issue a written pledge not to stand in the January election or face sanctions.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 12:32

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