Addis Ababa hosts mini-summit on Cote d'Ivoire

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Eight African leaders Tuesday held a mini-summit in Addis Ababa devoted to the Ivorian crisis on the sidelines of the 2004 annual assembly of the African Union (AU).
Presidents Laurent Gbagbo (Cote), Amadou Toumani Toure (Mali), Blaise Compaore (Burkina Faso0, Omar Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Joaquim Chissano (Mozambique), Mathieu Kerekou (Benin), Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria and Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal attended the meeting to examine the situation of Ivorian political-military that erupted in September 2002.
The UN secretary general Kofi Annan and AU chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare joined them.
The mini-summit examine the worsening relations between the government and opposition parties over the past three months, and the impact of the conflict on other countries in the sub-region.
Its objective was also to iron out a dispute between Abidjan and Ouagadougou, following a complaint lodged by Burkina Faso to the UN that Ivorian aircraft had violated its air space.
Burkina Faso recently threatened to shoot down the planes in case of another violation.
An informed source said that Annan would inform the Ivorian president and his Malian and Burkinabe counterparts about a recent decision by the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against those found to be blocking the Ivorian peace process.
A UN Security Council delegation recently toured Cote d'Ivoire and several other West African states.
The mini-summit will also examine possibilities of holding an international conference in Yamoussoukro backed by the UN and AU under the mediation of Gabonese President Omar Bongo Ondimba, to be attended by leaders of 10 Ivorian political parties that signed the Linas-Marcoussis agreement in January 2003.
The presidents of Mali, Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso have held several meetings since the outbreak of the armed insurrection in Abidjan on 19 September 2002.
Bamako hosted their last meeting in May on the fringes of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) summit, at the initiative of Colonel Moammar Kadhafi of Libya.

06 july 2004 18:36:00

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