EU resumes full cooperation with Guinea

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CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The European Union has resumed full cooperation with the West African nation of Guinea five years after a military coup triggered a suspension.

The move releases $191 million in development assistance to the West African nation, which last year held legislative elections that marked a return to civilian rule after the coup in 2008. A statement issued Monday said the money would be distributed across five projects including promoting justice and security sector reform.

The European Union resumed partial assistance after 2010 presidential elections that brought Alpha Conde to power.

Last year's elections were closely watched by observers fearing a repeat of the violence between the Peul and Malinke communities that marred the 2010 vote, though only scattered violence occurred.

The new parliament convened for the first time this month.

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