Cote d'Ivoire Crisis -
  • ECOWAS contact group to hold meeting in Cote d'Ivoire
    19 october 2002 15:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The contact group of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Cote d'Ivoire has tentatively scheduled a summit for Abidjan on Tuesday, ECOWAS sources said Saturday. Full text...

  • Uniformed men ransack Radio Nostalgie in Cote d'Ivoire
    18 october 2002 23:40:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Twenty men wearing military uniforms Thursday night ransacked the offices of the private Radio Nostalgie located in Abidjan's business district of Plateau. Full text...

  • Ivorian speaker accuses rebels of supporting Ouattara
    18 october 2002 22:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorian rebel soldiers who launched a mutiny on 19 September against President Laurent Gbagbo's government are working for opposition leader Alassane Dramane Ouattara, the speaker of Cote d'Ivoire's national assembly, Mamadou Koulibaly, told the French daily, La Croix, Friday. Full text...

  • Ivorian Prime Minister welcomes cease-fire accord
    18 october 2002 19:26:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Ivorian Prime Minister Pascal Afi N'Guessan has welcomed the cease-fire agreement signed Thursday by mutinous soldiers fighting President Laurent Gbagbo's government. Full text...

  • Liberia unlikely to send troops to troubled Cote d'Ivoire
    18 october 2002 19:11:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia may not send troops to neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire as part of an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) peacekeeping mission, President Charles Taylor said Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS contact group to meet on Ivorian crisis
    18 october 2002 17:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After brokering a cease-fire agreement between the Ivorian government and rebel soldiers on Thursday, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has scheduled a summit of its Contact Group on the crisis for 22 October, an ECOWAS source said Friday. Full text...

  • Rebel leader criticises Gbagbo's speech
    18 october 2002 17:09:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Soro Guillaume, Secretary General of the Patriotic Movement of Côte d'Ivoire (MPCI) Friday criticised President Laurent Gbagbo's speech late Thursday, saying the country's mutinous soldiers should be disarmed by ECOWAS. Full text...

  • Gbagbo announces another reconciliation forum in Cote d'Ivoire
    18 october 2002 10:31:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has announced the holding of another forum for national reconciliation. Full text...

  • French Catholics invite Ivorians to hold peace talks
    17 october 2002 22:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French archbishops have invited Ivorians to hold talks and begged them not to use ethnic and religious differences in the current crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • West African trading at Abidjan bourse dips
    17 october 2002 22:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Trading closed low Thursday at the Abidjan based West African regional bourse (BRVM), with the all share index dipping 0. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis affects other ECOWAS citizens, say UN agencies
    17 october 2002 19:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Officials of UN agencies in the West Africa sub-region said in Accra Thursday that the armed conflict in Cote d'Ivoire has adversely affected several thousands of other ECOWAS nationals and called for concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels sign cease-fire agreement
    17 october 2002 16:51:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Rebels fighting the government in Cote d'Ivoire signed a cease-fire agreement Thursday stipulating a cessation of hostilities as from midnight Thursday. Full text...

  • Former Ivorian defence minister says he was scapegoat
    17 october 2002 14:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- According to a French daily, erstwhile Ivorian Defence Minister Moise Lida Kouassi blames his transfer to another portfolio on the settling of scores within President Laurent Gbagbo's entourage. Full text...

  • Locals in rebel-held areas report calm
    17 october 2002 13:14:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Save for Daloa, reportedly retaken last Monday by Ivorian government forces, locals averred Wednesday that all was now calm in other towns under rebel control. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebel leader claims mutineers still controlling Daloa
    16 october 2002 22:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI), the political wing of the mutineers fighting the Ivorian government since 19 September, Guillaume Soro, Wednesday denied that Daloa had fallen to the loyalist forces on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Angry youths attack offices of Ivorian pro-opposition daily
    16 october 2002 20:49:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire, (PANA) -- The offices of Le Patriote newspaper, close to the opposition Rally for Republicans (RDR), were ransacked Wednesday by some 50 angry youths armed with bludgeons and stones. Full text...

  • UN agency to hold emergency session on Cote d'Ivoire
    16 october 2002 20:12:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The UN Office in Accra announced Wednesday that its Regional Office on Humanitarian Assistance in Abidjan would hold a two-day meeting on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire Thursday and Friday. Full text...

  • Trading inches up Wednesday at Abidjan regional exchange
    16 october 2002 18:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Abidjan-based West African regional stock exchange (BRVM) closed trading Wednesday slightly higher Tuesday's transactions, with the composite index up 0. Full text...

  • Party in exile offers to mediate Ivorian crisis
    16 october 2002 15:59:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- An Ivorian political party in exile in the UK, the Peoples Socialist Party (USP) has indicated its willingness to join in any mediation efforts aimed at re- establishing peace and fraternity in strife-torn Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Mali routes imports through Ghana due to Ivorian crisis
    16 october 2002 13:30:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- More than 100,000 tons of food products and some 35,000 tons of textile imports destined for Mali but marooned in the Port of Abidjan because of the Ivorian crisis would soon be re-channelled via Ghana, the Malian Council of Shippers said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burkinabe NGO calls for regional intervention in Cote d'Ivoire
    16 october 2002 12:54:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe Movement on Human and Peoples Rights (MBDHP) has urged the African Union and the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights to take urgent measures at checking human rights abuses in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Five Ivorian rebels die in Daloa fighting
    15 october 2002 23:49:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Five rebel soldiers died in fighting between Ivorian loyalist forces and the rebels who held the town of Daloa Monday night, official sources said Tuesday night. Full text...

  • France calls on Ivorian govt, mutineers to a cease-fire
    15 october 2002 23:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France Tuesday urged the Ivorian government and the rebels seeking to oust President Laurent Gbagbo from power "to give priority to dialogue" by observing an "immediate cease-fire" in the conflict. Full text...

  • Burkinabe drivers plead for quick solution to Ivorian crisis
    15 october 2002 22:02:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The National Union of Burkina Faso Road Drivers (UCRB) Tuesday called on the Ivorian government to find a quick and lasting solution to the current crisis facing the country. Full text...

  • Ivorian loyalist forces regain control of Daloa
    15 october 2002 21:09:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian loyalist forces regained control of Daloa from rebels Tuesday, sources told PANA in Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire's political capital. Full text...

  • Trading at Abidjan bourse dips Tuesday
    15 october 2002 20:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Trading closed low Tuesday at the Abidjan-based West African regional bourse (BRVM), with the all share index dipping 0. Full text...

  • Togo denounces Angolan intervention in Cote d'Ivoire
    15 october 2002 19:57:00
    Togo- Lome (PANA) -- Togo Tuesday described as an "intolerable interference," the alleged involvement of Angola in the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Angola denies any involvement in Ivorian crisis
    15 october 2002 19:22:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An Angolan embassy official in Paris has denied allegations that Luanda had sent weapons and troops to back government forces fighting a military revolt in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Niger NGO urges respect of human rights in Cote d'Ivoire
    15 october 2002 15:58:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's Forum on Human Rights and Democracy (CODHD) has spoken out against the killing of former Ivorian military junta leader Gen. Full text...

  • Ivorians cross into Mali to take refuge
    14 october 2002 22:02:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Several hundreds of Ivorians, including 183 children, have taken refuge in the Malian town of Kadiana in the prefecture of Kolondieba (about 300 km south of Bamako) since early October, the Mali Press Agency (AMAP) reported Monday. Full text...

  • West African stock market ends on a stable note
    14 october 2002 21:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The West African CFA zone stock market based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, ended Monday on a stable note as compared to its previous sessions. Full text...

  • Cola nut prices soar in Mali as Ivorian crisis affects supply
    14 october 2002 18:09:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Cola nut prices have more than doubled in Bamako as the Ivorian crisis impacts on the Malian economy, hitting hard on commodities imported from, or through Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Gbagbo aide says Ivorian crisis thwarts democratisation process
    14 october 2002 17:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- As rebel soldiers continued their assault on the regime in Cote d'Ivoire, an aide of President Laurent Gbagbo intimated Monday in Paris that the revolt was "a setback to efforts at entrenching democracy and constitutional order in Africa. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt suffers serious setback as rebels take Daloa
    14 october 2002 13:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Rebel capture of the strategic town of Daloa (about 400 km north-west of Abidjan) on Sunday has been described as a serious setback for the Ivorian government, as fighting continues into a fourth week between loyalist forces and mutinous soldiers. Full text...

  • Ivorians question defence minister's loyalty
    14 october 2002 11:14:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Two days after Saturday's sacking of Defence and Civil Protection Minister Moise Lida Kouassi, public opinion in Abidjan and Yamoussoukro is still to reconcile President Laurent Gbagbo's decision with the need for a united front against advancing rebels from the north. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels say cocoa-rich Daloa under control
    13 october 2002 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio continued efforts to broker a cease-fire between rebels and the government in Cote d'Ivoire, reports said Sunday that the cocoa-producing town of Daloa, west of the country had fallen to the rebels. Full text...

  • Pro and anti-Gbagbo Ivorians demonstrate in Paris
    13 october 2002 19:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Hundreds of Ivorians converged Sunday in two different venues in Paris, with one group in support of, and the other against President Laurent Gbagbo, as fighting continued in the country between government forces and mutinous soldiers. Full text...

  • More people flee rebel held Bouake
    13 october 2002 19:08:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The exodus from Bouake, which has been under rebel control since the 19 September mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire, continued this weekend, with most people heading towards the political and administrative capital, Yamoussoukro on Sunday. Full text...

  • Senegal's envoy resumes talks with Ivorian mutineers Sunday
    13 october 2002 13:43:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Senegalese foreign minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio resumes talks Sunday in Bouake, 350 km north of Abidjan, with Ivorian mutineers to follow up on their first meeting Saturday, which failed to yield any significant results. Full text...

  • Ivorian youths in Yamoussoukro urged to remain calm
    13 october 2002 12:22:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Youth leaders from two Ivorian ethnic groups, the Baoule and the Dioula, in the Cote d'Ivoire capital of Yamoussoukro called on other young people to remain calm following Friday night's tension in the city. Full text...

  • Police, military keep watch over Yamoussoukro
    12 october 2002 20:04:00
    Yamoussoukro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The police and the military Saturday kept watch over Côte d'Ivoire's political capital, Yamoussoukro, following skirmishes between local communities of Dioulas and Baoules the previous night. Full text...

  • Ghana ready for returnees, refugees from Côte d'Ivoire
    12 october 2002 19:43:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- As insecurity in Côte d'Ivoire continues to generate a wave of refugees from the rebel-held city of Bouake, Ghana has said it is ready to accommodate Ivorians escaping fighting in their country. Full text...

  • Authorities link RDR party to mutiny in Côte d'Ivoire
    12 october 2002 17:24:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- With the arrest of the opposition Rally for Republicans (RDR) spokesman Aly Coulibaly, political observers here believe authorities in Côte d'Ivoire are linking the party to the ongoing mutiny. Full text...

  • Senegalese minister to meet Ivorian mutineers Saturday
    12 october 2002 12:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Senegalese foreign minister minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio is expected to meet leaders of the Ivorian mutiny in Bouake to deliver "a message of peace" from President Abdoulaye Wade. Full text...

  • Niger to provide 250 soldiers to ECOMOG in Cote d'Ivoire
    12 october 2002 10:10:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger is prepared to provide 250 soldiers as part of the envisaged West African peacekeeping force (ECOMOG) in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Ivorian civil servants to finance war effort
    11 october 2002 20:05:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire, (PANA) -- Public workers in Cote d'Ivoire have accepted a 5 per cent reduction in their October wages to finance efforts by the Ivorian National Armed Forces (FANCI) to dislodge rebellious soldiers who have seized nearly half of the country. Full text...

  • 8 million tons of Malian goods blocked in Abidjan
    11 october 2002 18:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Over eight million tons of Malian goods are still blocked at Abidjan Port, Cote d'Ivoire's economic capital, sources at the Malian Council of Loaders said here Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS renews effort to resolve Ivorian crisis
    11 october 2002 15:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas is due in Abidjan on Saturday in continuation of efforts by the sub-regional bloc to find a political solution to the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • MIDH denounces human rights situation in Cote d'Ivoire
    11 october 2002 12:43:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Human Rights Movement (MIDH), citing summary executions, missing persons and illegal arrests, has denounced the situation in the country since a military revolt broke out on 19 September. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis forces up prices of imported items in Mali
    11 october 2002 09:29:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The price of cement is likely to rise in the coming days -- from 120,000 FCFA to 125,000 FCFA per tonne -- as a result of the current crisis in neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire, sources at Malian cement importer, CIMALI Company, warned on Thursday. Full text...

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