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Guinea junta want talks

2009-11-10 21:15

Ouagadougou - Guinea's ruling junta on Tuesday said it wanted the creation of a transitional government to lead the country out of the crisis that has gripped it since a September massacre by the military.

Regime representatives are in Ouagadougou for talks with the official mediator, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore.

An aide to junta chief Captain Moussa Dadis Camara ruled out the possibility of the leader going into exile while the west African nation regains stability, but called for an "open government".

"We have said it before and we will say it to (Compaore) - we will ask for an open government so that everyone can make their contribution to finding a proper solution to Guinea's problems," Idrissa Cherif, Camara's special advisor, told AFP.

Asked whether Camara would consider stepping down and going abroad, Cherif said, "That's just in the head of those who think it".

Last week Guinea's opposition held discussions with Compaore and called for the dissolution of the junta, which seized power late last year, and the departure of Camara.

The current crisis began on September 28, when forces loyal to the junta massacred more than 150 people at a rally in a Conakry stadium, organised to urge Camara not to stand in elections planned for January.

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