Apr 22, 2010, 11:48 AM
The Government of the
In an interview with private Senegalese radio broadcaster Sud FM on Sunday, Guinean President Alpha Conde said he “believes the governments of
A statement issued in
Conde escaped two gunfire and rocket attacks on his residence in the capital
“I think the Senegalese government was complicit and so was the Gambian government, even if they say they were unaware,” Conde said in the interview.
He said he believed that the attacks on his residence were planned at one of
“I told (Senegalese foreign) minister Madicke Niang and the Gambian foreign minister that I believe this (attack) was planned at the (Meridien) President Hotel in
Guinean authorities arrested 39 people in connection with the attacks, including 26 Guinean army officers. The assaults in July raised concerns about stability in the West African state.
Conde also said he believed Guinean opposition figure Oury Bah, was one of the attack’s main organisers.
For the benefit of our readers, we reproduce the full text of the Gambia Government’s reaction:
“It has been brought to our attention that the Government of The Gambia was aware of the actions leading to the attack and destruction of H.E. Prof. Alpha Conde’s private residence. In his own words, Prof. Conde accused The Gambia and
“In response to the above allegations, the Government of The Gambia would like to state that it did not have any involvement or prior information surrounding the attempted assassination of the Guinean President. The
“In light of the above, the Gambia Government would like to urge the Guinean President to refrain from making unfounded accusations. As a responsible Member State of ECOWAS, The Gambia strongly believes that all member states should work together in the spirit of cooperation and solidarity for the betterment of the sub-region”.