Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the previous Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), has actually revealed remorse over the military coup d’état in Guinea.
He stated happenings in Guinea was “truly regrettable” and required the return of constitutional guideline.
Dr Chambas stated this in a virtual online forum on Guinea, arranged by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)– Ghana, called: “Guinea in Crisis: The Way Forward”.
An area of the Guinean Military on Sunday, September 5, revealed they had actually taken power which President Alpha Conde remained in detention.
The Military associated the coup d’état to widespread corruption, mismanagement, and hardship in the nation.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU), and the United Nations condemned the military takeover and required the repair of constitutional guideline.
The nation has actually been suspended by both ECOWAS and the AU.
“What is happening in Guinea is truly regrettable. It is the case where in spite of the best intentions, we were unable to prevent a very foreseeable event; I mean all the signals were there,” he stated.
Dr Chambas stated in 2020, worldwide stakeholders such as ECOWAS and the AU attempted to avoid the Guinea scenario from intensifying however was not successful.
“I recall particularly that as many as five or six heads of state were in early 2020 willing to go and sit down with President Alpha Code, and to talk to him about the dangers ahead or the turmoil that was already evident in Guinea,” he stated.
“I must say that this is the one case where the COVID-19 pandemic had a deleterious impact on peace and security because that particular mission was cancelled because it coincided with the period of total lockdown globally. And so, the mission of his peers did not happen. Be that as it may, I think that there are some lessons we can learn clearly.”
Dr Chambas asked local, sub-regional and the worldwide neighborhood to be a bit company in such circumstances.
Initially, both ECOWAS and the AU kept in mind that conditions were not there to perform reliable elections in Guinea and withdrew the observers they had actually sent out there, regrettably after what basically was a “window dressing”, the observers were enabled to go back to keep track of the problematic elections, he stated.
Dr Chambas revealed the hope that moving forward, there would be a little bit more boldness on the part of ECOWAS and the AU in stating under particular circumstances, they might not deplore observers to rubber-stamp elections that were flawed.
The previous ECOWAS Commission President stated aspects that were all at play in Guinea, prior to the 2020 election, consisted of weak organizations, monetisation of politics, and misutilisation of the judicial procedure.
He required clearness from the brand-new Guinean authorities relating to the shift duration so that stakeholders might assist return the nation to constitutional guideline.
The program, hosted by Mr Daniel K. Osei, President of CFR-Ghana, had panelists consisting of; Dr K. O. Amaning, previous UN Resident Coordinator to Guinea, and Mr Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah, UN Resident Coordinator for Mauritania.