ECOWAS slates Emergency Summit on Cote d'Ivoire for 5 October

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS chairman and Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade, will host an extraordinary Summit of the 15-nation Community 5 October on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire.
ECOWAS Director of Communication, Adrienne Diop, told PANA from the Community's headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria Wednesday that the Summit would be preceded by a meeting of Foreign Ministers in the Senegalese capital to consider measures at the ending the crisis in the member State.
A group of Ivorian soldiers, who mutinied last Thursday, resulting in the death of some 270 people, were by Wednesday still holding two cities - Bouake and Korhogo - amid security concerns with US, France and UK making efforts to safeguard their citizens in the West African country.
Diop said the ECOWAS Summit was earlier fixed for 28 September, but was shifted at the instance of President Laurent Gbagbo, whose government insists the rebellion was a coup attempt.
Some ECOWAS countries - Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana and Togo - have sent individual missions to Cote d'Ivoire on the crisis, while an African Summit earlier planned for Morocco has been postponed.
On the safety of other ECOWAS citizens, some of whom had reportedly been attacked, Diop expressed the hope that Ivorian authorities would take adequate measures to guarantee the safety of all foreigners and their property.
Cote d'Ivoire was a haven of peace and stability in the sub region until the December 1999 coup led by former junta leader Gen.
Robert Guei exposed the country to military rule.
Gbagbo won a disputed 2000 presidential election, which unleashed a popular uprising against Guei.
The former military leader was among those killed in last Thursday's mutiny.
Interior Minister Emile Boga Doudou was also among the dead.

25 september 2002 16:57:00

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