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Vol 50 No 22

Published 6th November 2009


Soldiers out of their depth

In the aftermath of the 28 September massacre, the junta faces sanctions and seems to have lost its way

International pressure is growing on Guinea's military junta, shut away with its weaponry in Camp Alpha Yaya Diallo in Conakry. France has cut off its military cooperation and cancelled aid worth 9 million euros (US$13 mn.) earmarked for a new road between Tombo-Gbessia and the capital. The rest of the 114.7 mn. euro cost was to be borne by the African Development Bank and the government. The European Union has frozen an annual 4.5 mn. euros for a fishery agreement, plus 1.6 mn. for fishery protection. The Economic Community of West African States, EU, African Union and United States have all imposed an arms embargo, with targeted sanctions on members of the National Council for Democracy and Development, to try to persuade it to restore democratic and human rights.

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