Some African leaders discuss Cote d'Ivoire in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- On the sidelines of the AU summit afoot here, Presidents Laurent Gbagbo (Cote d'Ivoire), Amadou Toumani Toure (Mali), Blaise Compaore (Burkina Faso), Omar Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Joaquim Chissano (Mozambique), Mathieu Kerekou (Benin), Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria) and Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal) met Tuesday to discuss the Ivorian crisis.
Also present at the mini-summit was UN secretary general Kofi Annan and African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare.
Besides the stalemated peace process in Cote d'Ivoire, the meeting also discussed the recent complaint by Ouagadougou that Ivorian military aircraft had violated Burkinabe air space.
It was also expected to discuss the possibility of an international conference in Yamoussoukro under the aegis of the UN and the African Union that would bring together all signatories to the Linas-Marcoussis Accord.
The heads of state of Mali, Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso have met several times since the Ivorian crisis erupted on 19 September 2002.
Their last meeting was held in May in Bamako, Mali on the sidelines of a summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) at the initiative of Libyan leader Col.
Mouammar Kadhafi.

06 july 2004 18:54:00

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