Conakry, 18 August, 2020 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop of Guinea’s Conakry Archdiocese has reached out to the political leaders in the West African nation who are involved in election-related violent conflict, urging for an “inclusive dialogue for peace.”
“I humbly ask the government and socio-political actors to immediately stop all forms of violence and establish a framework for inclusive dialogue for peace so as to allow the parties in conflict to listen to each other and to exchange views in order to find peaceful solutions to this crisis,” Archbishop Vincent Coulibaly said Saturday, August 15.
Archbishop Coulibaly who was presiding over Holy Eucharist on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Mary Cathedral in Conakry acknowledged the value of elections but regretted the violent conflict they trigger in the country.
“Elections are an important step towards a democratic rule of law and a real contribution to peace. Unfortunately, in Guinea, electoral processes are always disrupted by violence of all kinds,” he said.
He added, “Many Guineans are still anxious and very worried about the violence taking place in our country in the build-up to the holding of the presidential election scheduled for October 18, 2020.”