Ivorian ruling party wants IWG dissolved, French troops out

Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The ruling Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) has said it wants International Working Group (IWG) dissolved and the French military forces withdrawn from the country due to the failure of the Linas-Marcoussis accords.
French authorities brokered the Linas-Marcoussis accords in January 2003 to restore peace after the military-political crisis erupted in September 2002.
In a statement read on the national television on late Friday, FPI leader Pascal Nguessan accused the French forces and the IWG of trying to plot against Côte d'Ivoire in the settlement of the crisis plaguing the country.
He claimed that the plot "foiled" in New York, thanks to the combined actions of the African Union mediator, President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, China, the Russian Federation and African countries.
Nguessan reiterated the FPI's support for President Laurent Gbagbo, hailing his decision to refuse to join the New York "political farce" and "taking note of the Linas-Marcoussis failure".
Noting that the FPI does not want to wait any longer to end the stalled peace process, Nguessan expressed its "resolve to start acting now vigorously and resolutely in order to end this man-made crisis which has lasted too long".
The FPI statement comes some 48 hours after the holding, without President Gbagbo, of the meeting on the Ivorian crisis in New York on the initiative of UN secretary general Kofi Annan to assess the peace process.
After examining the situation, the participants concluded that the general elections slated for 30 October 2006 could not take place due to sudden hurdles encountered in the peace process.

23 september 2006 11:07:00

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