Gabon calls for peace in Cote d'Ivoire

Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – Gabon on Friday appealed to Ivorians to give priority to peace by taking into consideration the positions of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) to solve the crisis arising from the disputed 28 November presidential run-off election in which the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and his rival, Alassane Ouattara, have claimed victory.

A statement issued after the weekly cabinet meeting said: “The government, on behalf of the Gabonese people, expresses the burning wish to see the government of Cote d'Ivoire and the Ivorian people give priority to peace and national concord … so that (the country), together with African countries, will participate more in the irreversible process for Africa’s emergence.”

“By keeping peace everywhere on the continent, Africa will be more fascinating and more attractive to institutional and private partners who take direct foreign investments, which enabled the fast emergence of countries from Asia and Latin America,” the statement added.

Cote d'Ivoire has been thrown into turmoil after the Constitutional Council quashed the result of the election that gave victory to Ouattara and handed the election to president Gbagbo.

This has attracted the anger of the international community which has in one voice asked president Gbagbo to hand power to Ouattara.

The AU, UN and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have asked upheld the victory of Ouattara as certified by the UN Mission in Cote d'Ivoire. ECOWAS has gone one step further by suspending Cote d'Ivoire with immediate effect.
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11 december 2010 11:40:14

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