Gbagbo supports Eyadema's mediation of Ivorian crisis

Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Ivorian government envoys have said that President Laurent Gbagbo supports his Togolese counterpart Gnassingbe Eyadema's mediation efforts on the Ivorian crisis.
Trade Minister Odette Sauyet and his Urban Development and Construction counterpart, Raymond N'Dori, were received in audience in Lome Wednesday by Eyadema, who heads the ECOWAS contact group trying to end the political conflict ignited by army mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire 19 September.
The two Ministers said after the meeting that they gave the Togolese leader a message of support from Gbagbo.
Laurent Dona Fologo, who is heading the Ivorian government's delegation at the Lome talks with the rebels was also at the meeting with Eyadema.
The Togolese leader also met Wednesday with the French envoy to the Lome talks, former Ambassador Christian Dutheil de la Rochere, who had served in Abidjan.
Meanwhile, the delegation of the Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI), the political wing of the rebels, says Gbagbo's offer of a constitutional referendum did not go far enough in their demand for a new political order in Cote d'Ivoire.

21 november 2002 12:07:00

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