Ivorian rebel leaders return to Bouake

Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Tuo Fozié and Chérif Ousmane, two leaders of the Ivorian military insurrection returned to their Bouake stronghold Thursday from Lome where talks are underway with the Ivorian government under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Their return was explained on developments on the front line, according to the political wing of the rebellion, the Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI).
Earlier Wednesday the rebels alleged the arrival in Cote d'Ivoire of 50 South African mercenaries, as well as a reinforcement of loyalist forces on the front line, They also complained about government military aircraft flying over their positions.
Following the departure of the two leaders, the rebel delegation to the talks is now reduced to five, including Soro Guillaume, Lt-Colonel Michel Gueu and staff sergeant Jean-Baptiste Kouamé.
The government side is led by Economic and Social Council (ESC) chairman Laurent Dona-Fologo.
The talks kicked off Wednesday under the chairmanship of Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema, in the presence of ECOWAS executive secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas and African Union representative Miguel Trovoada of Sao Tome and Principe.

31 october 2002 23:44:00




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