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EU imposes sanctions on Guinea's leaders

EU imposes sanctions on Guinea's leaders

The European Union imposed an arms embargo and visa ban on Guinea's military leaders Tuesday to punish them for a massacre at a pro-democracy rally.
The EU is drawing up a list of 42 Guinean leaders to be included in the visa ban and it is also moving to freeze assets of the junta officials at a later stage, said French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.
"We have reacted in the face this massacre," said Kouchner. "The whole international community has reacted."
Late last month, presidential guard troops opened fire on tens of thousands of demonstrators. A Guinean human rights group says 157 people were killed, while the government put the number at 57.
While the visa ban has already been agreed to, the EU is still studying how to impose the freezing of assets. Kouchner said he was pleased the visa sanctions would stick.
"There is a list of 42, that is not bad," he said. Last week, the European Union put a fisheries agreement with Guinea on hold in response to the killings.
The African regional grouping ECOWAS has also imposed an arms embargo on the junta.
Guinea's Foreign Affairs Minister Alexandre Cece Loua said the EU action would be counterproductive at a time when the junta is seeking an end to the crisis.
"At a time when the two parties are moving slowly but surely towards a resolution of this crisis through AU-backed mediation, we think the EU should have aided us in this direction," he added.
He said that "much as the imposition of these sanctions by the EU is understandable, this is not however the solution to the crisis in Guinea."


Updated : 2021-05-10 08:04 GMT+08:00