UK Foreign Secretary lauds ECOWAS stand on Cote d'Ivoire

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The United Kingdom has hailed the stand of leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire saying this has sent a clear and unequivocal message that Cote d’Ivoire’s neighbours are determined to uphold democratic principles.

In a statement released by the British High Commission in Accra on Wednesday, the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said: “The UK welcomes the strong stance taken by the Economic Community of West African States on the situation in Cote d’Ivoire. They have sent a clear and unequivocal message that Cote d’Ivoire’s neighbours are determined to uphold democratic principles  and to take robust action against those that seek to frustrate the will of the majority.”

He said: “The UN has validated the results announced by the Independent Electoral commission confirming that Mr Alassane Ouattara had won the elections. The ECOWAS Summit has resoundingly reinforced this position.

“Swift and concerted international action is needed to encourage a peaceful outcome. The UK will continue to engage closely with African and other international partners in support of a resolution that respects the will of the Ivorian people.”

ECOWAS leaders, who met in Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday, recognised Ouattara as the president elect of Cote d’Ivoire in the 28 November run-off election.

They called on incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo to hand over power to the opposition leader.

Cote d'Ivoire has been thrown into turmoil after the Constitutional Council overturned the election results by Independent National Electoral Commission that gave victory to Ouattara and declared President Gbagbo as winner.
-0- PANA MA 8Dec2010

08 december 2010 20:11:59




xhtml CSS