Chronology of Events

revised on 5 November 2013

Guinea

October 2013

On 23 October, Council members received a briefing in consultations under “any other business” from Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman on developments since the 28 September legislative elections in Guinea. The following day, Council members issued a press statement commending Guinea for the electoral process and urging all political stakeholders to pursue legal recourse for the resolution of any electoral disputes. Council members also expressed their strong support for the continued facilitation efforts led by Special Representative for West Africa Said Djinnit.

August 2013

On 14 August, the Council issued a presidential statement regarding piracy in the Gulf of Guinea (S/PV.7016). The principal purpose of the statement was to welcome the summit on maritime safety and security held in Yaoundé, Cameroon on 24-25 June, which was attended by twenty-five countries of West and Central Africa and three subregional organisations.

April 2013

On 25 April Council members received a briefing on Guinea under “any other business” from Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman on the 25 April demonstrations in Conakry and the 23 April joint declaration of non-violence signed between the main Guinean stakeholders.  On 29 April, the Council issued a press statement expressing concern over the volatile situation in the country, welcoming the joint declaration and calling upon all parties to cooperate with Special Representative Said Djinnit with a view towards national dialogue and free, fair, transparent and inclusive legislative elections in Guinea.

February 2012

On 27 February, the Council discussed the threats to peace and security in the Gulf of Guinea region posed by piracy and other forms of armed robbery.

October 2011

The Council unanimously passing resolution 2018 condemning acts of piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea on 31 October, after considering the issue in a meeting on 19 October.

August 2011

On 30 August, a Council press statement addressed the problem of piracy in West Africa. This followed a briefing on 23 August, by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, on the growing phenomenon.

November 2010

The head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) briefed Council members in consultations on developments in Guinea on 18 November.

September 2010

Council members were briefed by the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs on the situation in Guinea on 17 September. The Council subsequently issued a press statement  expressing concern about the violent political clashes that occurred in early September and regret about the postponement of the second round of presidential elections, urging the Guinean government to ensure a calm and peaceful electoral environment.

May 2010

The Security Council issued a presidential statement on 5 May expressing concern about the resurgence of unconstitutional changes of government in some African countries.

February 2010

The Council adopted a presidential statement on the situation in Guinea on 16 February welcoming positive developments in Guinea while remaining concerned by the situation and expressing its intention to be seized of it.

December 2009

On 18 December, the Secretary-General submitted to the Council the  report of the International Commission of Inquiry on the events of 28 September and its aftermath, one day after the International Commission of Inquiry investigating the 28 September events in Guinea submitted its findings to the Secretary-General.

October 2009

On 30 October, the Secretary-General appointed Mohamed Bedjaoui (Algeria), Françoise Ngendahayo Kayiramirwa (Burundi) and Pramila Patten (Mauritius) to serve on the International Commission of Inquiry investigating the 28 September events in Guinea. Two days earlier, on 28 October, the Council adopted a presidential statement expressing concern about the situation in Guinea, its intention to follow related developments closely and welcoming the Secretary General’s decision to establish a commission of inquiry. On 21 October, Council members were briefed in private consultations by the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Haile Menkerios, on conclusions following his trip to the West African region.

September 2009

On 30 September, the president of the Council made comments to the press, indicating that Council members had expressed concern about the killings in Conakry and condemned the violence, following a briefing by the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs on the situation in Guinea. On 28 September, Members of the Guinean army opened fire on civilians during a peaceful pro-democracy rally at a stadium in Conakry, Guinea’s capital. Several national and international human rights organisations confirmed at least 157 deaths, and thousands injured, as well as numerous rapes and arbitrary arrests of demonstrators and opposition leaders.

December 2008

A military junta—the National Council for Democracy and Development (or CNDD)—took power in Guinea. Its leader was Captain Moussa Dadis Camara. Camara’s coup came in the aftermath of the death of President Lansana Conté, who had ruled Guinea since 1984.