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U.S. Fears Return of Guinea Junta Leader

Wednesday, 13 January 2010 11:54 AM

WASHINGTON — The United States expressed concerned Tuesday about the possible return of Guinea junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara to his country, a US State Department official said Tuesday.

"Any effort by Dadis to return to Guinea would concern us," said the official who requested anonymity.

Camara arrived in neighboring Burkina Faso on Tuesday, after he was treated at a Moroccan hospital from a gunshot to the head.

The injury was sustained on December 3 during an argument with his aide de camp allegedly over a bloody crackdown on an opposition rally.

A government official in Ouagadougou told AFP Camara was "lucid, he is speaking."

Since the assassination attempt, Camara he has not appeared in public and it was not immediately known if he planned to stay in Burkina Faso or travel to another country.

The United States for months has been insisting Guinea's military junta step down and a that transition government take over to prepare new, democratic elections.

The bauxite-rich west African country has been under military rule since December 23, 2008, and tensions peaked last September 28 when troops massacred at least 156 people at the opposition rally.

The United States is working with France and Morocco to resolve the political crisis in Guinea. They fear Camara's return could touch off a civil war that could extend to neighboring countries.

Guinea's interim junta leader and Defense Minister, General Sekouba Konate has met in Rabat with French and US representatives. He has asked opposition leaders who fled the country to return to help set up a transition government.

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