Soro says Ivorian peace process moving forward

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Prime Minister Guillaume Kigbafori Soro has once again claimed that the country's peace process is moving forward.
"I told you that the peace process was moving forward.
The handing over ceremony by UNOCI of rehabilitated stationing centres on Saturday 15 March shows clearly that the Ouagadougou political accord is moving forward.
''Regrouping has begun.
Things are moving smoothly," Soro told a press briefing on his return from Dakar, Senegal, where he took part in the 11th summit of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) 13-14 March at the head of the Ivorian delegation.
He added: "We experienced some logistic difficulties in implementing all that at that time and I am happy that the former rebel New Forces are committed to the disarmament process, which is moving smoothly in the highest interest of the country.
'' Confirming the meeting of the Assessment and Support Committee (CEA) of the accord, slated for 20 March in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the Ivorian PM said the meeting would be an opportunity for the representatives of the signatory parties to take stock of the full implementation of the peace accord.
"What should be considered in this process is that everyday the government, stakeholders make concrete actions to make the process irreversible but particularly to ensure a successful end to the crisis", he stressed.
Indications are that the Mediator of the peace process, Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore, will use the CEA meeting to urge donors and the international community to accelerate the implementation of the accord, which includes disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR), the general population identification and the issuance of national identity and voters' cards.
Cote d'Ivoire, once a bastion of peace in the West African sub-region, descended into anarchy and chaos following the failed mutiny by a section of the national army in September 2002.

18 march 2008 10:24:00

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