Second Nouakchott meeting on Ivorian crisis begins

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The high-powered African Union panel in charge of finding a solution to the Ivorian post-eletoral crisis began its second meeting at the international conference centre of Nouakchott on Friday.

The panel, chaired by Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, includes President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad and President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania.

The chairman of the panel said the AU had "resolved to practically sort out and by consensus" the crisis which resulted from the controversial 28 November 2010 presidential run-off election that has been claimed by incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, who the international community says won the poll.

He said:  "The serious crisis threatens the survival and even the existence of Cote d'Ivoire, hence the need to show common sense and responsibility to come to a peaceful solution enabling this fellow-nation to get out of the present impasse."

The members of the panel, except president Compaoré, are expected in Abidjan at the close of the meeting.
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04 march 2011 21:35:52

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