Sumario: 26 September 2011, Brussels - Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, issued the following statement today on Guinea:
"On the eve of the anniversary of the tragic events of 28th September 2009, which coincides with the call for a series of peaceful demonstrations, I call on all political leaders to choose dialogue, not confrontation. I am confident that the opposition will act constructively and responsibly and that authorities will exercise restraint and wisdom in ensuring that the security forces operate professionally and with respect of democracy and rule of law.
An open dialogue between the government and the main representatives of the opposition is essential for the conduct of transparent, inclusive and peaceful parliamentary elections on 29th December 2011. These elections are fundamental for the political transition and national cohesion.
The EU is fully committed to supporting Guinea while it completes the political transition with the establishment of a new democratically elected National Assembly as well as in efforts towards economic growth and the well being of its people."