Ivorian Party chair to represent Gbagbo at AU mediation talks

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The chairman of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), Pascal Affi N'Guessan, has left for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to represent Cote d'Ivoire's embattled President Laurent Gbagbo at the meeting convened by the African Union (AU) to resolve the political crisis in the West African nation, PANA has learned from party sources.

Gbagbo said "the deteriorating internal security situation in Cote d'Ivoire" could not permit him to attend,

N'Guessan left on Monday accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Gbagbo government, Alcide Djedje.  

Cote d'Ivoire has two government formed by Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, who the international community says won the controversial 28 November presidential run-off vote. The two men claim they won the election.

This struggle has plunged the country into a deep crisis that has brought about two weeks of renewed violence and killings resulting from clashes between supporters of both camps.

The African Union put together a panel of five heads of state to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.

The Wednesday meeting in Addis Ababa is to finalise the resolutions of the panel, to be submitted to the AU Council for Peace and Security (PSC) for validation.

08 march 2011 17:55:40

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