ECOWAS extra-ordinary Summit on Ivorian crisis 7 December

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders are to meet 7 December in Accra, Ghana, to consider the latest developments in Cote d'Ivoire and how to restore peace and security to the country, the organisation said Monday.
"The leaders are expected to address how to re-establish the broken down cease-fire agreement which was signed 17 October 2002 and the new developments on the ground," an ECOWAS release said.
Following the 19 September mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire, ECOWAS leaders met in Accra 29 September to set up a Contact Group coordinated by Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema to mediate in the crisis between the Ivorian government and the rebels.
A cease-fire was agreed but the crisis has since escalated with the proliferation of rebel groups and renewed fighting, which undermines the ECOWAS-brokered peace talks in Lome, Togo, and the deployment of a regional peace-force contributed by ECOWAS member States.

02 december 2002 20:03:00




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