Ban lauds Mills on resolution of Ivorian crisis

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, on Saturday commended Ghana's president John Evans Atta Mills on his "principled" stance and commitment in resolving the Ivorian crisis.

Ban was speaking at a meeting in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, where he stopped over on his way to the investiture of Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara in the Ivorian capital, Yamousoukro, on Saturday.

The UN boss said president Mills showed astute leadership during the Ivorian crisis.

The Ghanaian leader came for severe criticism, especially from the main opposition party in Ghana, for saying that although he went with the decision of heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to militarily remove former President Laurent Gbagbo from power, Ghana would not contribute troops for that operation.

Ban appealed to President Mills to continue working assiduously with ECOWAS and the African Union to help Cote d'Ivoire regain its international status and respect after the bloody end to the electoral dispute, when forces loyal to Ouattara and Gbagbo fought a brief civil war with that ended with the French helping to capture Gbagbo.

Thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands have been internally displaced while others have fled across the borders to neighbouring Ghana, Liberia, Niger and Burkina Faso, among other countries.

He said after the conflict, there was a lot to do in terms of reconciliation and reconstruction, among others.

“I want to really thank your leadership and your strong support for peace, democracy and your principled and strong commitment in resolving this crisis where many hundreds of people have been killed in this democracy struggle. I think this is really a historic moment and I would want to thank you for that,” Ban said.

President Mills, who has since left for Yamousoukro to attend the ceremony, said peace and unity were essential for the development of Cote d’Ivoire and pledged Ghana’s support in partnering other countries to ensure that Cote d’Ivoire returned to normalcy.
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21 Maio 2011 12:47:05

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