Ivorian delegations agree to avoid accusations at Lome talks

Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Ivorian government delegation and representatives of the Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) have agreed to avoid acrimonious accusations and rancour during their ongoing peace talks in Lome, Togo.
In a memorandum of understanding signed on Wednesday, both delegations committed the Ivorian government and MPCI "to refrain from any belligerent act such as extra-judicial executions, the recruitment of mercenaries, the enlisting of children into the army and violations of the accord for the cessation of hostilities.
" The document, which indicates that corporatist and political grievances were discussed during the negotiations, reaffirms the "need to preserve territorial integrity, respect of institutions and constitutional legality" in Cote d'Ivoire.
Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema is chairing the negotiations as coordinator of the ECOWAS contact group.
Laurent Dona-Fologo, chairman of the Economic and Social Council of Cote d'Ivoire, heads the government delegation, while Secretary General Guillaume Soro of the MPCI is leading the rebel side at the talks which began Wednesday.
ECOWAS Executive Secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and the special representative of the African Union, former President Miguel Trovoada of Sao Tome and Principe, are also attending the discussions.

01 november 2002 09:44:00




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