UN chief condemns coup attempt in Guinea

World Monday 06/September/2021 07:30 AM
UN chief condemns coup attempt in Guinea
Videos and images of president Conde surrounded by soldiers have been circulating in social media

New York: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the coup attempt in Guinea and called for the release of President Alpha Conde.

"I am personally following the situation in Guinea very closely. I strongly condemn any takeover of the government by force of the gun and call for the immediate release of President Alpha Conde," Guterres tweeted on Sunday. On Sunday, the Guinean authorities said that the presidential palace had been attacked by rebels, who announced that they had captured the country's president, Alpha Conde.

The coup leader, Mamady Doumbouya, announced the dissolution of the government and the rebels declared a nationwide curfew in the country.

The US also condemned the seizure of power by the military in Guinea, calling on all parties to avoid violence and engage in dialogue.

"Violence and any extra-constitutional measures will only erode Guinea's prospects for peace, stability, and prosperity. These actions could limit the ability of the United States and Guinea's other international partners to support the country as it navigates a path toward national unity and a brighter future for the Guinean people," US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.