France commends AU mini-summit on Ivorian crisis

Paris- France (PANA) -- France Thursday welcomed Tuesday's mini-summit on the Ivorian crisis held on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
"We commend the high-level meeting on Cote d'Ivoire at the initiative of the UN Secretary General and which brought together, on the sidelines of the AU Summit, the Presidents of Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria," a spokesman of the French Foreign Ministry, Herve Ladsous told journalists in Paris.
He said the meeting, which followed the one held in Abuja, Nigeria, "illustrates the convergence of initiatives by African leaders to strengthen the reconciliation process under the Linas-Marcoussis accord," to end the almost two-year crisis in the former French colony.
"The mini-summit also provided a platform to examine concrete issues to overcome obstacles to the functioning of the (Ivorian) government, the disarmament process and the adoption of bills under the Marcoussis accord," the French official added.
The Addis Ababa mini-summit agreed on a meeting for 29 July in Ghana by all sides to the Ivorian crisis.

08 july 2004 15:20:00




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