AU panel reaches "consensus" on Ivorian crisis

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The African Union panel tasked with seeking a peaceful end to Ivorian crisis has reached a "consensus" on its proposals, president Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said at the end of their second meeting held on Friday in Nouakchott.

The Mauritanian president, however, did not reveal the details of the  solution to the crisis that is threatening to degenerate into another full-blown civil war.

AU panel is made up of president Ould Abdel Aziz, president Jacob Zuma of South Africa, president Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, president Idriss Deby Itno of Chad and president Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania.

The chairman of the AU Commission, Jean Ping, is expected in Côte d'Ivoire on Saturday to submit the solution to the stakeholders of the Ivorian crisis, including incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, the man recognised by the international community as having won the controversial 28 November, 2010 presidential run-off election.

During the Nouakchott meeting, the panel of heads of state condemned the violence over the past few days Abidjan, the commercial capital that has claimed several lives and destroyed property.

The heads of state demanded the end to the violence, urged the stakeholders for restraint and demanded the lifting of the siege of Hotel du Golfe, the headquarters of the Ouattara and his cabinet members.

Gbagbo and Ouattara have both claimed victory in the polls and have formed separate governments.  
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05 march 2011 14:13:13

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