Monday, December 6, 2010
The new president-elect of Guinea, Alpha Conde, announced in a televised address on Saturday that he intends to create a truth and reconcilation commission to hear claims regarding ethnic and political violence in the West African country over the past several decades. Conde was quoted as saying that the truth and reconcilation commission would be created "so those who have made mistakes can ask forgiveness and that victims can accept this forgiveness . . .I know that forgiveness does not replace the dead or the arms that were chopped off, but it's an important step." The commission will be modeled on the South African Truth and Reconcilation Commission created by Nelson Mandela to help South Africa deal with its history of apartheid.