the junta describes as “shame” and a “lie” the remarks made by it

The ruling junta in Guinea launched a very violent accusation on Thursday, September 22, against the current president of ECOWAS shortly before a summit of that organization, condemning remarks made on Wednesday as a “disgrace” and accusing him of exercising “puppet”- diplomacy.

“Crude lies and remarks that resemble intimidation are today retrograde practices that do not honor their author and at the same time tarnish the brand image of ECOWAS. We cannot bear this shame,” says Colonel Amara Camara, one of the figures of the junta and the Secretary General for the transitional presidency, in a video posted on the Guinean presidency’s Facebook.“We are not in a puppet or reality TV relationship,” he added.

Colonel Camara criticizes the current president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Bissau-Guinean Umaro Sissoco Embalo, his statements to AXADLE and France 24 Wednesday 22 September.

An extraordinary ECOWAS summit scheduled for today in New York, President Embalo had warned that Guinea would face “heavy sanctions” if the junta, which came to power by force in September 2021, continued to want stay there for three years. He had confirmed that during a visit to Guinea he had reached an agreement with the junta to give way to elected civilians after two years, which Colonel Camara described as a “lie”.

Leaders of ECOWAS member states are expected to meet at the top Thursday afternoon in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, with the situation in Guinea as well as the crisis between Mali and Côte d’Ivoire at the top of their agenda.

Colonel Camara accuses Mr. Embalo, since his assumption of the rotating presidency of the Conference of West African Heads of State a few weeks ago, to have become famous for “his personal views in defiance of his presidential colleagues”.

He accuses him of “showing off” and bringing the ECOWAS presidency into disrepute, of forcing the hand of his West African counterparts to hold a summit outside West Africa and of wanting the same with sanctions against Guinea.

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(With AFP)

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