Ivorian peace process is irreversible, says PM Soro

Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Prime Minister Guillaume Soro of the Ivorian consensus government on Monday said in Bouake, stronghold of the former New Forces (FN) rebels, that the peace process in Cote d'Ivoire was irreversible and peace was here, "within (our) reach".
"We want to give the world the image of a standing people, who have succeeded in overcoming their contradictions.
Today is a great day for Bouake.
The people are crying in thirst for peace and want to unite for a reunified Cote d'Ivoire.
Peace is here," Soro said in the presence of President Laurent Gbagbo, six African leaders and some 50,000 people gathered at the Bouake stadium.
"Nobody has the right to go against the tide of the peace process.
Everybody must understand that the process is irreversible," Guillaume Soro added.
He made the remarks on the occasion of the "Peace flame," a ceremony marked by the burning of military weapons and symbolising the formal beginning of the disarmament process for the belligerents of the crisis.
Presidents Thabo Mbeki, Blaise Compaore, Faure Gnassingbé, Yahi Boni, Amadou Toumani Toure and Joao Bernardo Vieyra, respectively of South Africa, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Mali and Guinea-Bissau, graced the occasion.
The first vice-speaker of the Angolan national assembly, Niger's Prime Minister and the Senegalese foreign minister and members of the diplomatic corps in Abidjan attended that impressive ceremony.

30 july 2007 20:23:00




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