France concerned over Guinea

2010-11-18 14:58

Paris - France warned its citizens on Thursday against travelling to Guinea which is under a state of emergency after deadly post-election violence.

The government's guidelines for Guinea "formally advise against travelling to the country in the current circumstances," foreign ministry spokesperson Christine Fages told reporters.

"France is following with concern the development of the situation in Guinea, in particular the acts of violence in recent days. We firmly condemn them," she added.

Guinea declared a state of emergency on Wednesday as the unofficial death toll from violence rose to seven since Monday, when opposition politician Alpha Conde was declared the winner of the country's first ever democratic poll.

Losing candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo insists he won the November 07 poll and is challenging the results, alleging massive voter fraud.

"We call on all Guineans to act responsibly, calmly and peacefully," Fages said. "We hope for the quick return of conditions allowing the state of emergency to be lifted. Guineans aspire to peace, security and democracy."

Interim president General Sekouba Konate, who has led the troubled West African country since January, said emergency rule would remain in place until the Supreme Court confirms the presidential results.

The United States has also condemned the violence.