Ivorian dailies comment on possible ECOWAS military intervention

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The possible intervention of troops of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the Ivorian crisis was the main focus of the local press Wednesday.
The private daily Soir'Info intimated that the recent ECOWAS Accra summit "betrayed once more Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade's desire to see Cote d'Ivoire collapse.
" According to the paper, "the Senegalese president was not at his first attempt to put Cote d'Ivoire in limbo on the international scene," as it recalling that Wade once claimed at a summit in Dakar that "a Burkinabe is more maltreated in Cote d'Ivoire than the treatment Africans suffer in Europe.
" The Inter newspaper said that going by the history of ECOWAS, ECOMOG peacekeeping forces have never achieved anything in neighbouring Liberia, where they were deployed in 1990 at the behest of then Nigerian President Ibrahim Babangida, following the assassination of President Samuel Doe.
"Be it in Sierra Leone where the same troops were deployed in 1998, or in Guinea Bissau in 2000, the situation in those countries did not change," the paper intimated.
"In a nutshell, ECOMOG troops have never settled a crisis, whether intervening as a peacekeeping or an interposition force," Inter affirmed.
The pro-government Notre Voie carried a headline saying "Ivorians say no to an interposition force.
" It too charged that "in spite of the presence of ECOMOG in Sierra Leone and Liberia, these two West African countries are still in trouble.
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02 october 2002 22:51:00




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