Annan hosts mini-summit on Cote d'Ivoire in Banjul

Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Saturday hosted a mini-summit on Cote d'Ivoire, on the sidelines of the 7th AU Summit in Banjul, the Gambia.
The summit was attended by President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire and his counterparts from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare.
The UN chief told journalists afterwards the meeting was "part of a series of consultations that we have been carrying out in our determination to ensure that we stick to the timetable that we established for elections in Cote d'Ivoire.
" He added: "We have agreed that we will continue the consultations in Cote d'Ivoire on the 5th of July.
" Annan said he would be joined at that meeting by some of the leaders who attended the Banjul mini-summit and the five Ivorian parties "to continue our discussion and see what further assistance we can provide them in implementing and sticking to the Road Map that all of them had agreed on.
" Elections towards ensuring the return of peace in Cote d'Ivoire are due in October.
The once-peaceful West African nation was plunged into crisis following the failed coup by mutinous soldiers in September 2002, which has divided the country into the rebel-held north and government-controlled south.

01 july 2006 20:30:00

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