Gbagbo flies in for ECOWAS Dakar Summit

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Embattled Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo flew into Dakar Wednesday for the ECOWAS extra-ordinary Summit on the crisis in his country.
Gbagbo, who is leading a 20-member delegation, including Foreign Minister, Abou Dramane Sangare, was met at the airport by his Senegalese counterpart and ECOWAS chairman Abdoulaye Wade.
Presidents Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and Pedro Pires of Cape Verde are already in the Senegalese capital for the Summit.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould Abdallah and Ghanaian Foreign Minister, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang have also arrived for the meeting.
Meanwhile, Senegalese officials said Malian leader Amadou Toumani Toure, earlier slated for the meeting, would not attend.
No reason was given.
The officials also said Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, was expected to arrive later in the day for the Summit.
Cote d'Ivoire has been in crisis since the 19-September military uprising that has killed hundreds and displaced thousands.

18 december 2002 15:05:00

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