Malian parties concerned about Ivorian crisis

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Alliance for the Republic (ARD) which groups about a dozen political parties on Monday expressed concern about developments in Cote d'Ivoire where a portion of the army has mutinied.
In a statement issued in Bamako, the coalition called on the Malian authorities to "pay special attention to the situation of Malians living in Cote d'Ivoire".
The alliance stated its conviction that "the brotherly people of Cote d'Ivoire will find their way to peace through dialogue".
More than two million Malians live and work in many Ivorian towns, including Korhogo and Bouake, currently controlled by mutinous soldiers.
The Ivorian crisis is expected to have immediate consequences on the landlocked Mali, which passes 80 percent of its exports and imports through Abidjan port.
During their general assembly in Bamako six days ago, the Malian Council of Loaders had raised concern about an impending shortage of consumer items because 238 Malian trucks were blocked at the Abidjan Port or on Ivorian roads.

30 september 2002 13:48:00




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