Ivorian crisis: Koroma briefs Kadhafi on mission to Abidjan

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, on Tuesday briefed Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi on the mission Monday to Cote d'Ivoire by three west African leaders, an official source told PANA here Wednesday.

Koroma's telephone conversation with Kadhafi, the permanent Higher Mediator of Peace and Security in the Sahel-Saharan States Community zone (CEN-SAD), bothered on efforts to resolve the post-election crisis that is currently hitting Cote d'Ivoire.

The mediation team was made up of Koroma, Pedros Pires of Cape Verde, and Boni Yayi of Benin, along with Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, the special emissary of the African Union (AU).

He said the delegation held talks in Abidjan with the outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, the world acclaimed president-elect in the second round of presidential elections held 28 November.

Koroma said talks with Gbagbo were stalemated because he (Gbagbo) refused to relinquish power as requested by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union (EU), the United Nations, among others.

Gbagbo agreed to negotiate without preconditions for a peaceful settlement of the crisis, while Ouattara wanted Gbagbo to quit.

05 january 2011 18:52:20

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