Compaore discusses NEPAD, Liberia with Chambas

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore, Friday discussed the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Liberian crisis and Cote d'Ivoire-Burkina Faso relations with visiting ECOWAS Executive Secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas.
"We exchanged views on the NEPAD forum, which will be held 11-13 September in Ouagadougou and we thanked President Compaore, the Burkinabe government and people, for having accepted to host this sub-regional private sector meeting," Chambas said at the end of his meeting with the Burkinabe leader.
He said they also discussed the search for lasting peace in Liberia and other member countries of the Mano River Union, adding that ECOWAS welcomed last month's Liberian peace meeting in Ouagadougou.
"We were very happy to hear President Compaore say that Burkina Faso will continue to be guided by the principles of peace, fraternity and the search for dialogue to resolve the problems that might crop up between his country and one of its neighbours," Chambas added, in apparent reference to relations between Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso.
Relations between the two countries had been marked by tension between the large Burkinabe community living in Cote d'Ivoire and their hosts.
The tension was heightened by the 1 August assassination in Ouagadougou, of an eminent Ivorian politician, Balla Keita, under mysterious circumstances.

23 august 2002 23:24:00

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