Eyadema condemns attempted coup in Bangui

Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President and OAU chairman, Gnassingbe Eyadema, has in a message to his embattled Central African counterpart Ange-Felix Patasse, strongly condemned the reported attempted coup in Bangui.
"I learnt with profound indignation the attempt at overthrowing the government in Bangui," Eyadema wrote Monday, saying violence "does not honour our continent.
" Africa, he explained, has just demonstrated to the entire world, with the coming into force of the African Union "the political maturity of our States" and their desire to promote "political and economic integration in an environment of peace, security, respect of human rights and democratic institutions.
" Mutinying soldiers in the early hours of Monday launched an attack on the residence of the Central African President.
Reports say some eight people died in the fighting, with several others injured.

28 may 2001 23:31:00




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