About 700 delegates to attend reconciliation forum

Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- About 700 delegates, including former president Henri Konan Bedie, would take part in Cote d'Ivoire's national reconciliation forum scheduled to start on 9 October, Abidjan authorities disclosed on Monday.
Delegates are expected from 14 different political, socio- professional, regional, traditional and other structures, while others would come from the civil society at large, including some 200 NGOs.
Political parties including the ruling Ivorian Peoples Front (FPI), the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI-RDA) and Alassane Ouattara's Rally for Republicans (RDR) would overall field no more than 50 representatives.
The most represented entities would include traditional chiefs (58 delegates), the regions (57 delegates) and religious denominations (53 delegates).
Other specified categories include the former National Salvation Committee (the deposed military junta of General Guei), former ministers and ambassadors, the Mediation Committee for National Reconciliation and the former National Electoral Committee.
According to a statement from the Board of the National Reconciliation Forum, the selection of participants was done with a view to obtaining as wide a representation as possible of the body politic.
While the effective participation of some key figures remained to be confirmed, the PDCI-RDA Monday said erstwhile president Konan Bedie would attend the reconciliation talks.
The party's secretary general, Laurent Dona Fologo, maintained that Bedie's participation was a must "inasmuch as the military threw our country in such instability that we cannot afford to watch it plunge further into the abyss".

18 september 2001 21:13:00

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