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Junta suspends participation in Burkina talks

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-12-09

Guinea's military rulers have decided to pull out of talks in Burkina Faso on their country's crisis until injured junta chief Captain Moussa Dadis Camara (pictured) returns to work, a minister has told state television.

AFP - Guinea's military rulers have decided to suspend their participation in talks here on their country's crisis until injured junta chief Captain Moussa Dadis Camara returns to work, a minister told state television late Tuesday.
   
"For the moment our participation in the negotiations is not given up but suspended until the return of the president," Colonel Moussa Keita, the junta's minister for democracy and development, told the television station.
   
While negotiations were necessary, "for the moment, what is concerning the CNDD (junta) is the chairman's health and internal calm."
   
Camara's spokesman said Tuesday his condition has improved and he will return soon after being shot by an aide and operated on in Morocco for a head wound.
   
"The president is speaking, he can sit up... he was walking in the hospital," spokesman Idrissa Cherif told AFP in Conakry.

He added that Camara also planned to announce he would return to the west African country soon to take up his responsibilities as head of state again.
   
Camara was wounded Thursday when his aide de camp, Aboubacar Sidiki Diakite, allegedly shot him in what a junta spokesman said was a bid to seize power.
   
Camara came to power in a bloodless coup on December 23 last year after the death of dictator Lansana Conte, who had led the country since 1984.
   
After an initial period of optimism, the mood turned sour in the mineral rich country.
   
Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore was named by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mediate in Guinea's crisis after government troops killed scores of opposition protesters in a Conakry stadium on September 28. The opposition had gathered to urge Camara not to run in a presidential election he has slated for January.
   
Since then Compaore has met separately with members of the junta and the Guinean opposition in Ouagadougou. The opposition is calling for the return of the soldiers to barracks, appointment of a civilian leader for 10 months and disqualification of Camara from presidential elections to be held in 2010.
  

Date created : 2009-12-09

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