AU calls for restraint in Ivorian crisis

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Expressing concern about the resumption of hostilities in Bouake, Cote d'Ivoire, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konaré has called on the opposing sides in the West African country to exercise maximum restraint.
In a brief statement issued by the Commission, Konaré also urged the Ivorian parties to abandon any recourse to the military option and recommit themselves in earnest to the process of implementation of the Accra III Agreement.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson said he was in close touch with the current Chairman of the African Union, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, on how best the AU, working together with the countries of the region, could help defuse the present crisis in Cote d'Ivoire.
Tension has risen again in Cote d'Ivoire since government airforce planes bombed positions held by former rebels (New Forces) in the central town of Bouake and Korhogo in the country's north mid this week.

06 november 2004 10:48:00

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