Junta says talks on Guinea crisis to continue

AP News
Posted: Dec 10, 2009 6:49 PM

Top western ambassadors prepared to attend negotiations on Guinea's political crisis as a junta official said the talks in neighboring Burkina Faso would continue over the weekend.

Minister of Communications Idrissa Cherif had earlier said that the negotiations were indefinitely suspended following the wounding of the country's military leader in an assassination attempt.

But on Thursday he changed course without explanation saying that the junta "will send a delegation to at least hear what the negotiator has to say."

The U.S. State Department confirmed that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs William Fitzgerald was on his way to Burkina Faso.

Numerous other western ambassadors were also headed to Ougadougou for the high-level meeting Sunday in an effort to pull Guinea out of further turmoil.