ECOWAS delegation meets ONUCI Head

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – Three West African leaders on Tuesday held talks with the special representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Côte d’Ivoire, Y. J. Choi, as diplomatic efforts continue to amicably resolve the political crisis threatening to tear up the country.

Presidents Pedro Pires of Cape Verde, Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and Yayi Boni of Benin, were sent by their colleague heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with a message to embattled Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo to leave office quietly.

According to a source close to the UN mission, the ONUCI head briefed them of the electoral process which has been deadlocked since the proclamation of the results of 28 November presidential run-off election.

Whereas the Independent Electoral Commission declared Alassane Ouattara the winner of the poll, the Constitutional Council quashed this result and declared Gbagbo the winner.

ECOWAS, in a communiqué issued at the end of its last summit on Côte d'Ivoire, just like the United Nations, the African Union and the European Union, said they recognise the victory of Ouattara and asked the incumbent president Gbagbo to step down and make way for a peaceful transition in the country.

With this in mind, the sub-regional organization sent the three heads of state to Abidjan with a view to finding a peaceful solution to the political stalemate.
-0- PANA BAL/TBM/PAP/MA 28Dec2010

28 december 2010 21:26:59

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