Angolan govt., US diplomat sue for dialogue in Cote d'Ivoire

Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Angolan government will support dialogue and negotiations as a way to ending the current political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire, the Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, said Thursday while exchanging views with diplomats here.

“We are of the opinion that any military intervention would have grave consequences and could spread beyond the Ivorian borders”, said the
Angolan leader.

According to him, the facts in Cote d'Ivoire were that the chairman of the electoral commission released the results (in favour of opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara) of the second round of the presidential elections, at a time he no longer had competence to do it, and the process transferred, for due treatment, to the Constitutional Council.

In his opinion, the Constitutional Council is the only institution with legal competence to validate and publish the final results of the elections and, under the law, it should have recommended the holding of new election within 45 days, but instead it published the results
that gave victory to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo.

The Angolan president said, however, that "after analysing these facts, it is difficult for Angola to accept the existence of an elected  president in Cote d'Ivoire.

Speaking in the same vein, the Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Angola, David Brooks, said a permanent dialogue should  be adopted in resolving the Ivorian dispute.

"Sometimes the states have different ideas on certain problems, but it is important to give privilege to dialogue, through international forums," said the diplomat.

He said that all countries interested in the Ivorian matter must continue the dialogue to achieve a consensual and peaceful solution.

The US will continue contributing to the resolution of the problems that affect the African continent, acting as partners, and not through negative measures.
-0- PANA ANGOP/VAO 14Jan2011

14 january 2011 14:50:41




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