Cote d'Ivoire needs 60 billion FCFA for reintegration

Paris- France (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire needs at least 60 billion FCFA (about $91 million Euro) to demobilise and reintegrate combatants of the rebellion that broke out on 19 September 2002 in the country, Prime Minister Seydou Elimane Diarra announced here Friday.
He explained that a portion of the amount necessary for the post- conflict operations would come from the Ivorian government after receiving foreign contributions.
"The Ivorian government has opened a special account to finance the demobilisation and reintegration operations.
The Finance minister will soon designate the administrator of this fund that will receive an important assistance from our external partners, including the European Union and France," Diarra indicated.
He further noted that the French forces present in Cote d'Ivoire and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) contingent would bring a technical assistance to the demobilisation operations under their supervision.
"We already chose sites where elements to demobilise will be gathered at the rate of 8 for the Ivorian National Armed Forces (FANCI) and 9 for the New Forces.
We wish the French forces and those of ECOWAS remain in Cote d'Ivoire to help us succeed in this important operation for our country to return to a lasting peace," Diarra said.
Diarra emphasised that his government was exerting efforts to make Cote d'Ivoire return to "its former prestigious image.

01 august 2003 22:15:00

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