Mali President Toure denies ordering cash transfer to Côte d'Ivoire

Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali's president Amadou Toumani Touré has denied allegations in an Ivorian newspaper that he gave under pressure Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo the "push" that enabled him to pay the salaries of civil servants and other government workers.

The Malian head of state said in his capacity as current chairman of West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), he had a role to play in concert with his peers.

"I gave no instruction, I have no power to do so, and no one asked me to do so for that matter,"he said on Monday.

President Toure said: "Why is there so much malevolence? If I had so many billions of francs CFA, I would spend it on my country instead."

The Malian President said he could have left the falsehood die from "its own venom" if Malians living in Côte d’Ivoire had not expressed concern over their security and fears for their lives as a result of possible reprisals.

"We came very close to disaster," he said in reference to Malians living in some areas in Côte d’Ivoire.

In a press release published last Saturday, the central bank of West African states (BCEAO) national Agency in Mali denied the publication in "Le Nouveau Réveil" of 24 December which alleged that the Management of the Central Bank of the West African States  (BCEAO) in Mali intervened in the payment of the salaries of Ivorian civil servants and state workers on the instructions of President Toure.

The BCEAO management said no fund transfer took place between BCEAO agencies in Mali and some banks in Côte d’Ivoire aimed at improving their accounts.
-0- PANA GT/SSB/IBA/PAP/MA 28Dec2010

28 december 2010 20:04:56

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