Gbagbo talks of “ulterior motives” in peace accord

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – Implementation of -the Ivorian peace accord signed in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 4 March between the authorities and the New Forces has not been "fast enough, because everybody have their own calculations and ulterior motives", said president Laurent Gbagbo.
Speaking to the participants in an international roundtable on democracy and democratic culture in Africa late Monday in Côte d'Ivoire's political and administrative capital, Yamoussoukro, Gbagbo further said that such an attitude was "understandable in the context of politics".
But he stressed that what is important for him is that "we need to agree on the essentials", in order to move fast with the accord signed between his government and Guillaume Soro's New Forces (NF).
"Today we're making some headway, because the way out of the crisis was thought out, developed and codified by ourselves", he explained, adding; “it's the sons of the country themselves who must understand that no one else will come and save them, but themselves".
The Ivorian head of state said he was fully committed to the future of the process that is supposed to definitely end the crisis in the country since he came to power in October 2000.
"What's happening in Côte d'Ivoire, I've already seen it, because it is part of peoples' history, we need to learn from it, for what we're experiencing and for what we need to do tomorrow.
New ideas are always fought using arms, arresting people, etc.
", he added.
"What we're seeing now, we've already learnt it.
That's why I'm calm.
We'll find a way out, because the basis of the society has approved such new ideas, otherwise, the regime would have been swept away a long-time ago," he said.

24 july 2007 16:42:00

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