Boutros Ghali condemns attempt to destabilise Cote d'Ivoire

Paris- France (PANA) -- Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary General of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), Thursday condemned what he called attempts to destabilise Cote d'Ivoire, saying the use of arms against an elected government can never be justified.
"The Francophonie condemns coup d'etats and all other (forms) of taking power by force.
," which are against the Bamako Declaration," he said in Paris, in reaction to the mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire, which the authorities called an attempted coup.
At least 10 people, including Interior Minister Emile Boga and former junta leader, General Robert Guei were reported killed in the shoot-out between loyal troops and some 750 aggrieved soldiers, in Bouake and Abidjan, Wednesday night through Thursday morning.
Boutros-Ghali, a former UN Secretary General, urged the Ivorian political class and the general population to eschew recourse to violence, but to continue on the path of national reconciliation.
He said the OIF is ready to contribute to the search for a solution, based on the Bamako Declaration, to the "crises of democracy" in its member States.

19 septembre 2002 18:21:00

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