ECOWAS Summit on Cote d'Ivoire shaky

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Saturday's one-day Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) scheduled for the Ghanaian capital, Accra, may not hold, reliable government sources told PANA Wednesday.
The sources said discussions on the Summit were still going on and a new date could be announced early next week.
"Ghana is ready to hold the Summit but consultations are still going on," the sources said.
The Summit is to discuss the slow pace of the ECOWAS-brokered peace talks in the Togolese capital, Lome, between the rebel Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) and the government.
It would also address the worsening military situation, which has been further compounded by the emergence of two new rebel groups in Cote d'Ivoire, which has been in turmoil since the 19 September military uprising.
The Movement for Justice and Peace (MJP) and the Ivorian Popular Movement for the Great West, have been seizing towns near the Liberian border.
Both new rebel movements say they owe allegiance to General Robert Guei, former military ruler who was killed 19 September, and the 17 October cease-fire agreed by the MPCI and the Ivorian government has broken down.

04 december 2002 20:50:00

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