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Archbishop, imam to co-chair national reconciliation commission in Guinea

Catholic World News - August 18, 2011

The president of Guinea has named a Catholic archbishop and an Islamic leader to co-chair a commission of national reconciliation.

Alpha Conde, who last year became the first democratically elected president of Guinea, appointed Archbishop Vincent Koulibaly of Conakry and Mamadou Saliou Camara, the imam of the leading mosque in the capital city, to a panel charged with presenting “concrete proposals in view of national reconciliation.”

The commission is expected to meet with community leaders throughout the country and hear testimony about human-rights abuses that occurred during the civil warfare and autocratic rule that governed Guinea from the time of the country’s independence in 1958 until last year. The goal of the commission, a government spokesman said, is to make the people of Guinea “psychologically ready and capable of accepting the truth and then of forgiving one another.”

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