ECOWAS worried by situation in Cote d'Ivoire

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed "grave concern" about renewed violence in Cote d'Ivoire.
A statement by the organisation's Abuja Secretariat said Wednesday the situation "constitutes a threat to the Linas-Marcousssis peace Agreement as well as to the peace, security and stability of the sub-region.
" "The Executive Secretariat in particular, regrets the attack on Ghotalifa and Ity (west of the country) and strongly condemns the attacks on United Nations peacekeepers, foreign nationals, embassies and institutions in Cote d'Ivoire.
"ECOWAS therefore demands that all parties abide by their obligation under the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement to ensure the protection of lives and property in Cote d'Ivoire," the statement added.
ECOWAS also demanded that all parties refrain from statements and actions that might aggravate and lead to further deterioration of the situation in that country.
"ECOWAS wishes to reiterate the need for all parties to fully implement the provisions of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, which remains the framework for the resolution of the Cote d'Ivoire crisis," it said.
Cote d'Ivoire has been in political turmoil following an army mutiny in September 2002 and the protagonists have failed to implement the agreement they signed in France in January last year.

09 june 2004 20:43:00

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