New York - The UN Security Council on Monday expressed
concern over "volatile" events in Guinea in the run-up to a bitterly
contested election in June.
The 15-nation council "deplored" the latest in a
series of deadly clashes in the West African nation that have heightened
International fears have grown since police opened fire on
demonstrators on Thursday, killing one teenager and wounding other people. The
Security Council expressed "concern over the volatile situation",
said a council statement.
President Alpha Conde has called an election for June 30 in
the face of opposition by parties who say it will not be free and fair. The
Security Council, however, welcomed an April 24 statement by Conde that
"expressed his readiness to ensure the transparency and the credibility of
the electoral process" and "committed himself to accepting the
Elections have been due since 2011 but have been called off
several times because of disagreements between the government and opposition.
The most recent date of May 12 was abandoned after
opposition protests in February in which nine people were killed and more than
The Security Council said all sides should work with UN
envoy Said Djinnit to create the conditions for "the holding of free,
fair, transparent and inclusive" elections.