Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Love Andrew Love Labour, Edmonton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact which the instability in Guinea is having in the region; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

There has been no substantial impact on the region by events in Guinea so far. However, we have concerns that if the situation substantially deteriorated again, there could be an impact on Guinea's neighbouring countries. We therefore welcome the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States and regional heads of state in helping to mediate between the Guinean Government and the trade unions and opposition parties.

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