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Leaders meet in Burkina Faso

2010-01-14 15:05

Ouagadougou - The head of Guinea's junta, Moussa Dadis Camara, and the country's interim leader, General Sekouba Konate, held talks Thursday with Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore, officials said.

"The three men are talking," an official in the presidency said. They were meeting in the presidential palace in Ouagadougou, without their aides, the official said.

Compaore is the mediator in a political crisis wracking Guinea, which has been under the rule of a junta since December 2008.

Local journalists said the three men had also met in Ouagadougou late on Wednesday, shortly after Konate arrived from Guinea's capital Conakry, but no details of those talks were released.

Camara arrived in Burkina Faso late on Tuesday, officially to pursue his convalescence following hospitalisation for more than a month in Morocco after being shot in the head by his aide-de-camp on December 3.

Guinea is trying to emerge from a crisis sparked by the massacre by junta troops of more than 150 people at an opposition rally in Conakry on September 28.

A UN report on the stadium massacre in Conakry named Camara as a suspect when it accused troops of "crimes against humanity" during the crackdown.

The possibility of Camara's return has raised concerns in Guinea and in the international community, notably France and the United States.

"Dadis Camara's return under the present circumstances risks sparking a civil war in Guinea," said Mamadi Kaba, an official from the Guinean chapter of the African Encounter for the Defence of Human Rights said Wednesday.

"The African and international communities must mobilise and assume their responsibilities to prevent Dadis from returning to Guinea."

Konate, who has distanced himself from Camara, raised hopes of a way out of the crisis with a landmark speech on January 6 in which he announced a power-sharing deal in which the opposition could choose a prime minister.

AFP