Kadhafi tries to reconcile Ivorian, Burkinabe leaders

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col.
Moammar Kadhafi Tuesday brought together Presidents Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire and Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso in an effort to normalise relations between their two West African countries.
The tripartite talks in Sirte, Libya was the first meeting between Gbagbo and Compaore after January's expulsion of hundreds of Burkinabe from Cote d'Ivoire, which apparently strained relations between both nations.
Libyan sources said the talks were within the framework of on-going reconciliation and peace-building consultations across the continent by Kadhafi.
Gbagbo and Compaore also discussed economic development and security of the sub-region and Africa in general, the sources added.
Gbagbo told newsmen after the meeting that his visit was for consultation with Kadhafi on the upcoming African Summit in Lusaka, Zambia.
Earlier, he and the Libyan leader discussed bilateral relations between their countries.

04 july 2001 14:23:00

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