Wade leaves for ECOWAS summit on Cote d'Ivoire

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade left Dakar Sunday morning for the Ghanaian capital of Accra to participate in the emergency ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Summit devoted to the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire.
"We have convened this summit because what is happening in Cote d'Ivoire is important to this country and the subregion," said Wade, who is also ECOWAS chairman.
The aim of the summit "is to express subregional solidarity with the Ivorian government and to examine the possibilities of sending a peace implementation force" to the country.
"We will condemn the mutiny and express our solidarity with President Laurent Gbagbo.
We will also set up a peace implementation force, determine the quota for each country in this contingent and decide on who should command it," he said, adding that ECOWAS had no intention of replacing the Ivorian government.
"This peace implementation force will facilitate talks between the government and the mutineers.
It will not do the work of the regular Ivorian army.
Its mission will be one of peace and good offices," he added.
Fifteen ECOWAS leaders and South African leader Thabo Mbeki, in his role as African Union chairman, are expected to attend the emergency summit.
ECOWAS groups Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo.

29 september 2002 11:46:00

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