AU worried by persistent political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire

Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Despite its appreciation of the tireless efforts of Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore in facilitating the inter- Ivorian dialogue, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) said it was dismayed by the persistence of the crisis in Cote d'lvoire.
Following its 228th meeting at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the PSC Tuesday issued a statement expressing "serious concern over the lack of progress in the process to end the crisis in Cote d'lvoire.
" After being briefed on the evolution of the situation in the West African nation by, among others, the Special Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson for Cote d'Ivoire, Professor Albert Tevoedjere, the Council underscored the need for the lvorian parties to make every effort for the early resolution of the crisis.
"Council urged the parties to promote an environment conducive for the resolution of this process and the holding of inclusive, free, transparent and fair elections, particularly by finding solutions to outstanding issues, in conformity with the relevant provisions in the Ouagadougou Political Agreement and its supplementary agreements," the statement said.
The Council also urged the Ivorian parties to extend full cooperation to the Independent Electoral Commission so that it could fully play its role and fulfill the responsibilities entrusted to it in the resolution of pre-electoral disputes and the compilation of the voters list.
The PSC said it would meet again in June to consider the Ivorian situation on the basis of a comprehensive report from the AU Commission, with a view to sending a mission to C6te d'lvoire at the appropriate time.

04 may 2010 14:07:00




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