Compaore, Pires arrive for ECOWAS Summit on Ivorian crisis

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore and his Cape Verdean counterpart Pedro Pires have arrived in Dakar for Wednesday's extra-ordinary ECOWAS Summit on the Ivorian crisis.
Compaore was accompanied by his Foreign Minister Youssouf Ouedraogo, Defence Minister Kouame Lougue and Minister in charge of Human Rights Promotion, Monique Ilboudo, while Pires came with his Foreign Minister Fatima Veiga.
Both leaders were received by their Senegalese counterpart and ECOWAS chairman Abdoulaye Wade.
Senegalese officials said Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure as well as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, and Ghanaian Foreign Minister, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, were also being expected for the Summit.
Presidents Wade, Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, John Kufuor of Ghana, Charles Taylor of Liberia and Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo paid a one-day visit to Cote d'Ivoire Monday, for talks with President Laurent Gbagbo, who has been facing an escalating army rebellion since 19 September.
The meeting with Gbagbo followed a regional mini-Summit earlier Monday in Kara, northern Togo, that also discussed the Ivorian crisis and the French offer to host a meeting in Paris on the conflict.

18 december 2002 13:31:00

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