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Title: CITIZENS BREATHE SIGH OF RELIEF

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08CONAKRY302008-01-10 15:15:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Conakry
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P 101515Z JAN 08
FM AMEMBASSY CONAKRY
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2042
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC
RHMFISS/HQ USAFRICOM STUTTGART GE
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
UNCLAS CONAKRY 000030 
 
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E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV ELAB KDEM ASEC GV
SUBJECT: CITIZENS BREATHE SIGH OF RELIEF 
 
REF: CONAKRY 0007 
 
¶1.  (U) Following the announcement of a negotiated agreement 
between Guinea,s labor unions and the Guinean Government 
(septel), there was an audible sigh of relief heard 
throughout the country.  Over the past week, there has been 
an almost tangible cloud of uncertainty and anxiety hanging 
over citizens as people worried about the possible negative 
economic and social effects of a strike ) as well as the 
potential for renewed political violence.  Local press 
carried a number of reports on January 10 alluding to reduced 
political tension.  In addition, contacts throughout the 
country told LES staff that they are happy the strike is 
suspended and look forward to continuing the political 
dialogue.  The streets of Conakry were quiet throughout the 
day with no civil disturbances.  Businesses were open as 
usual and students were in the schools. 
 
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COMMENT 
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¶2.  (SBU) The immediate political crisis spurred by a series 
of decisions made independently by the PM and the President 
last week (reftel) seems to have been averted.  However, 
Guinea,s developing political drama will continue to evolve 
in the weeks and months ahead.  Calmer heads seemed to have 
prevailed this time around and that may help set the stage 
for resolving ongoing issues.  END COMMENT. 
CARTER