OIF names Kouyate envoy to Cote d'Ivoire

Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) has named former Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Executive Secretary Lansana Kouyate as its special envoy to Cote d'Ivoire as part of efforts to help resolve the crisis in the West African country.
The Paris-based Organisation said in a statement that Kouyate was received Wednesday in Lome, Togo, by the Ivorian crisis ECOWAS mediator and Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema.
It said Kouyate delivered a message to the Togolese leader confirming OIF's commitment to contribute to ECOWAS' efforts for a peaceful resolution of the crisis, which erupted 19 September.
According to the Francophonie Organisation, Eyadema warmly welcomed the engagement of OIF in the search for peace in Cote d'Ivoire.
Peace talks are tottering in Lome, between the Ivorian government of President Laurent Gbagbo and the rebels who are demanding his resignation to pave way for fresh elections.
OIF recalled that a declaration at its 20 October Summit in Beirut, Lebanon reiterated support for efforts undertaken by ECOWAS to promote dialogue and reconciliation in Cote d'Ivoire.
Guinean diplomat Kouyate, is the immediate past Executive Secretary of the Abuja-based 15-nation ECOWAS, now headed by Ghana's Mohammed Ibn Chambas.

13 november 2002 18:21:00




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