Ivorian papers focus on national reconciliation

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The process of national reconciliation afoot in Cote d'Ivoire was the focus of Ivorian newspapers this week.
"Without ADO (Alassane Dramane Ouattara), Bédié and Guéï, national reconciliation would be in jeopardy," wrote the independent daily "Le Front.
" The paper believes that the presence of the Republic Movement (RDR) leader Alassane Dramane Ouattara, Gen.
Robert Guéï and former president Henri Konan Bédié, is crucial for national reconciliation to succeed in Cote d'Ivoire.
"Le Front" also stressed that to succeed, the reconciliation should not leave out the former leader of the military junta, Robert Guei, while also being critical about what it said were government ploys "to delay [former president] Bedie's return so as to continue the disorganisation of his party.
" "Soir Info," another independent daily, reported a meeting on the outskirts of Abidjan at which "RDR militants called for the rehabilitation of their leader in terms of both his civic and political rights, saying it was essential for national reconciliation.
" The independent daily, "l'Inter," however quoted Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'guessan as saying "those who are talking about ADO's rehabilitation are in fact talking about themselves.
" According to the Prime Minister "RDR militants talking about Alassane Ouattara's rehabilitation, want to use their leader to solve their own problems.
" Away from Cote d'Ivoire another newspaper, "Notre Voie," dwelt on the failed coup in Burundi, comparing it to the incident last January when the Ivorian national radio and television was seized for a few hours by troops attempting to overthrow President Laurent Gbagbo.
"Are coup plotters so thick-skinned that they continue thrive in Africa even in these times of globalisation?" the paper wondered.

20 april 2001 23:00:00




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