Abdou Diouf's mediation visit hits Ivorian headlines

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The visit to Cote d'Ivoire of former Senegalese president and now secretary-general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF), Abdou Diouf, is on the front pages of most Ivorian newspapers this week.
Headlining "Abdou Diouf in the country," the official daily Fraternité-Matin writes that "the Francophonie enters the ring as the situation is deteriorating.
" "Is it by chance or an opportune visit that the Francophonie secretary-general is visiting Cote d'Ivoire? This full schedule visit coincides with a deadlocked national reconciliation process.
Former rebels have suspended their participation in the government and are asking for President Gbagbo's resignation," the newspaper writes.
It points out that the boss of the Francophonie expressed his "willingness to actively participate in restoring dialogue between the two parties.
" "I am here to get the process back on track," says a headline in the Ivorian People's Front daily, Notre Voie, quoting Diouf.
For Diouf, "Cote d'Ivoire is a major country and the Francophonie's mission is to find a solution to all electoral disputes and issues covered by the Linas-Marcoussis Agreements," says the paper.
As for the independent Daily, 24 Hours, it points out that "as part of a trip to Francophonie member-states, Diouf was received by President Laurent Gbagbo and Prime Minister Seydou Diarra.
The paper also indicates that "even if Mr.
Diouf is not planning to go to Bouake, he intends to make every effort in order to discuss with all parties.
" "This is all the more true, since his organisation, which is a member of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreements Monitoring Committee, has taken several initiatives aimed at getting the reconciliation process back on track.
That is precisely what President Abdou Diouf intends to do," the newspaper adds.
Newspapers also analysed the press conference given by the Guillaume Soro in Bouake (centre) on Wednesday.
The independent daily, Le Temps, notes that Soro has been demanding Gbagbo's resignation and of the French Ambassador Gildas Le Lidec.
"How can one defend the person who appears as the head of a gang of uncontrollable looters and drug addicts?" the newspaper wonders, alluding to the former rebel leader.
"Guillaume Soro demands Gbagbo's resignation," the headlines of the daily, Le Jour, another independent newspaper, reads.
The newspaper, quoting Soro, informs its readers that the New Forces are going to march in their Bouake stronghold on Saturday.

02 october 2003 19:43:00




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