ECOWAS Parliament condemns uprising in Code d'Ivoire

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Parliament Tuesday condemned "in the strongest terms, any attempt to truncate the growth of democracy or take over power through unconstitutional means" in Cote d'Ivoire.
Reacting to last Thursday's uprising that killed at least 270 people in the country, the subregional Parliament said in a statement that "every ascension to power must be through free, fair and transparent elections".
The statement signed by Mao Ohuabunwa, Chairman of the Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, called on those behind the uprising to lay down their arms and "channel their grievances through legitimately recognised avenues".
The Parliament said the incident "has the potential of endangering the peace and security of our subregion".
It called on the Ivorian government to continue to extend to citizens of the 15-nation Community and other foreigners residing in the country, the "cherished African hospitality and ensure their safety".
The Parliament also urged all governments in the subregion to "listen to their people and strive to provide them with equal opportunities".

24 september 2002 20:00:00

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