Ouattara in Addis on first overseas mission since election

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The presumed winner of the Ivorian presidential election, Alassane Ouattara, has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to join African leaders holding a crisis meeting on Cote d'Ivoire.

With a large entourage that includes security men, Ouattara was driven to the AU Headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Thursday in a convoy made available to him by the Ethiopian government.

AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping and other members of the African Union High Level Panel for the Resolution of the Crisis in Cote d'Ivoire were due to meet here for the second day running.

The panel had invited both Ouattara and incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to the meeting, where a a peace deal is expected to be unveiled.

The presidents of South Africa, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Chad and officials from ECOWAS and the Gbagbo camp arrived in Addis Ababa Wednesday for the meeting.

Following Wednesday’s meeting of the panel. the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) was due to meet at the presidential level Thursday on the situations in Cote d'Ivoire and Libya.

Gbagbo was also invited by the panel, but he declined, instead sending his Foreign Minister and senior army and party officials to the meeting.  

Ouattara was flown in a helicopter from the Golf Club Hotel in Abidjan, where he had been confined since he was proclaimed winner of the election on 28 Nov. 2010, to an unidentified neighboring country from where he flew to Ethiopia.
-0- PANA OR/SEG 10March2011

10 march 2011 11:56:23




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