Cote d'Ivoire Crisis -
  • Ghanaian paper prods ECOWAS on search for peace in Cote d'Ivoire
    11 october 2002 07:47:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A Ghanaian newspaper, warning that the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire could spill into a civil war, has urged leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to talk President Laurent Gbagbo into reaching a compromise with rebel soldiers now, in their third week of revolt. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso ready for any eventuality in Cote d'Ivoire
    10 october 2002 23:05:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's Prime Minister Ernest Paramanga Yonli on Thursday announced Ouagadougou government's preparedness to take action if the humiliation of its citizens continues in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • US urges peaceful resolution of Cote d'Ivoire conflict
    10 october 2002 22:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Walter H. Full text...

  • European parliament condemns Ivorian attempted coup
    10 october 2002 21:59:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European parliamentarians have strongly condemned the attempted coup in Cote d'Ivoire as well the heavy death toll due to the ongoing fighting between loyalist forces and rebellious soldiers. Full text...

  • FPI members threatened in western Cote d'Ivoire
    10 october 2002 19:09:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Supporters of the late Gen. Full text...

  • France lays down pre-conditions for Ivorian leader
    10 october 2002 17:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire will from now onwards have to meet some conditions before he gets support from French officials, a French daily reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels refuse to disarm, threaten taking Abidjan
    10 october 2002 13:01:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Rebel soldiers controlling most of northern Côte d'Ivoire in the ongoing armed insurrection have dismissed a call by President Laurent Gbagbo for them to lay down their arms, and instead threatened to move down and seize the economic hub, Abidjan. Full text...

  • Ivorian Super Division resumes Saturday
    10 october 2002 12:14:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Super Division football championship will resume on Saturday with a seventh- round match between Africa Sports and Stade Abidjan, sources at the Ivorian Football Association (FIF) said. Full text...

  • UNICEF assists victims of Ivorian crisis
    10 october 2002 10:55:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday visited people displaced by the fighting in Côte d'Ivoire, regrouped in three reception sites in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis hurts Mali's economy
    09 october 2002 21:18:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Delay in resolving the current conflict in Côte d'Ivoire is raising tension in neighbouring Mali whose nearly 80 per cent of international trade passes through the port of Abidjan, Mali's Foreign Affairs minister, Lassana Traoré, has said his landlocked country was deeply concerned about the crisis because the bulk of its exports and imports go through Cote d'Ivoire and that two million Malians live there. Full text...

  • Gbagbo admits Bouake is not totally liberated
    09 october 2002 20:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday evening conceded that government troops had not completely retaken Bouake, 350 km North of Abidjan, which was seized by rebellious soldiers about three weeks ago. Full text...

  • Ivorian envoy refutes allegations of xenophobia
    09 october 2002 19:27:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire has refuted charges of promoting hatred against foreigners, saying such claims were part of a campaign to mislead the international community into believing that the government was responsible for the ongoing rebellion in the country. Full text...

  • Ivorian authorities evict 500 Niger nationals from Abidjan
    09 october 2002 12:45:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- More than 500 Niger nationals living in Cote d'Ivoire were evicted from their homes and had their property destroyed in the Adjame neighbourhood of Abidjan in the wake of fighting between government forces and mutinous soldiers, Foreign Ministry sources in Niamey said. Full text...

  • Ivorian envoy to Angola dismisses rebel territorial claims
    09 october 2002 12:15:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- An envoy of President Laurent Gbagbo last Monday dismissed rebel claims to controlling 40 percent of Ivorian territory in their continuing standoff with government forces. Full text...

  • Nigerian fighter jets, troops return from Abidjan
    09 october 2002 11:47:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Three Nigerian Air Force Alpha jets and about 30 support personnel deployed to Abidjan in the wake of last month's mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire have returned to Nigeria, a military source told PANA in Abuja Tuesday. Full text...

  • President Gbagbo acquiesces to conditional talks with mutineers
    09 october 2002 10:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo said Tuesday evening on national television that he was ready to hold talks with mutinous soldiers fighting his regime for a third week running, but insisted that the rebels first lay down their weapons. Full text...

  • Rebels speak out against xenophobia in Cote d'Ivoire
    09 october 2002 08:14:00
    Niangoloko- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Rebel soldiers currently locked in fighting with loyalist troops in Cote d'Ivoire have vowed to press on with their revolt until the country is rid of what they said was a policy that breeds division and injustice. Full text...

  • Mutiny affects tourism in Cote d'Ivoire
    08 october 2002 21:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Several international organisations and associations have postponed seminars, symposiums and tourist visits they had planned to organise in Cote d'Ivoire because of adverse political and military situations prevailing there. Full text...

  • Ivorian youths attack Dioula residents in Yamoussoukro
    08 october 2002 20:16:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Members of a group called the Alliance of Patriotic Youths on Tuesday organised violent anti- Dioula demonstrations in Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire's political capital. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire extends curfew after expiry
    08 october 2002 18:49:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities have extended by 13 days the curfew that was imposed on 19 September following the outbreak of the ongoing mutiny, an official source told PANA in Abidjan Tuesday. Full text...

  • African NGO petitions Gbagbo over Ivorian crisis
    08 october 2002 16:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Federation of African Workers in France (FETAF) has written to President Laurent Gbagbo, who is currently facing a military revolt, warning him of the risks of "partition, civil war and general chaos" in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Liberian paper urges ECOWAS not to let up on Ivorian crisis
    08 october 2002 14:52:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A Liberian daily appealed Tuesday to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) not to give up on the search for a peaceful solution to the military confrontation in Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso calls on Côte d'Ivoire to cease "activities"
    08 october 2002 10:17:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe government made an urgent appeal to Côte d'Ivoire Monday night, calling on the Ivorian government to put an end to its "unacceptable activities. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels contain loyalist forces' assault on Bouake
    08 october 2002 10:07:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Rebel soldiers controlling the Ivorian city of Bouaké, 350 km north of Abidjan, have foiled an assault launched on Sunday by loyalist forces. Full text...

  • Ivorian minister proclaims mutineers' defeat in Bouake
    07 october 2002 22:13:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's Defence minister Moise Lida Kouassi declared Monday that the "terrorists" who had occupied the town of Bouake since 19 September had suffered a crushing defeat this evening (Monday). Full text...

  • Xenophobic rallies in Cote d'Ivoire worry Francophonie
    07 october 2002 20:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- International Organisation of the Francophonie's secretary-general Boutros Boutros Ghali on Monday expressed deep concern about anti-foreigner demonstrations being staged in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire arranges burial of mutiny victims
    07 october 2002 20:06:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian army is asking undertakers and non-governmental organisations to collect bodies of people killed during the nearly three-week mutiny for burial. Full text...

  • Paris urges Gbagbo to sign cease-fire with rebel soldiers
    07 october 2002 19:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Foreign Affairs minister Dominique de Villepin has called on Côte d'Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo to sign a cease-fire agreement with mutinous soldiers, as proposed by mediators of the Economic Community of West African States. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mediators on Ivorian crisis beat retreat
    07 october 2002 15:18:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A contact group mandated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mediate a cease-fire in the Ivorian conflict left Abidjan Sunday evening after fruitless attempts to get government and rebel forces to sign an agreement. Full text...

  • ECOWAS contact group did not fail, Ivorian diplomat insists
    07 october 2002 13:28:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Mediation efforts in the Ivorian crisis by a contact group from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) did not fail, Ivorian Ambassador to Guinea Jeannot Zoro Bi Bah insisted Monday. Full text...

  • Ivorian loyalist troops lay siege on Bouaké
    07 october 2002 13:17:00
    Yamoussoukro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The National Armed Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FANCI) have begun shelling the rebel-held city of Bouaké, about 350 km north of Abidjan, military sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Nigeria explains troops deployment to Côte d'Ivoire
    07 october 2002 13:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has said the country's troops are in Côte d'Ivoire to protect Nigerian citizens and not to take part in combat duties. Full text...

  • Ghana's envoy home after abortive ECOWAS mission to Abidjan
    07 october 2002 11:56:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's foreign minister Hackman Owusu- Agyemang Sunday said that the Ivorian government's failure to sign a cease-fire agreement with the rebel soldiers occupying half the country was a "major setback" to peaceful efforts at ending the three-week conflict. Full text...

  • Ivorian mutineers' envoy visits France
    07 october 2002 11:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An envoy from the Ivorian soldiers who started a rebellion on 18 September against the government of President Laurent Gbagbo is in France to explain his movement's objectives to African political organisations and associations based in the country, a source who attended one of the meetings told PANA Sunday. Full text...

  • Abidjan's ASEC in good position after beating Zamalek
    06 october 2002 17:36:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- ASEC of Abidjan on Saturday beat Zamalek of Egypt 1-0 during the 5th day of the African football club Champions League. Full text...

  • Ivorian human rights league encourages negotiations
    06 october 2002 15:26:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's Human Rights League has urged President Laurent Gbagbo's government to start immediate negotiations with mutinous soldiers to end the crisis that has rocked the country since 19 September. Full text...

  • Ivorian belligerents fail to sign cease-fire agreement
    05 october 2002 20:40:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Government and rebel soldiers in Cote d'Ivoire have failed to sign a cease-fire agreement that had been expected Saturday in the administrative capital Yamoussoukro (230 km north of Abidjan). Full text...

  • Ivorian government refuses to sign cease-fire agreement
    05 october 2002 20:07:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Moves by a contact group of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to get rebel soldiers and the Ivorian government sign a cease-fire flopped Saturday, with the government backing out of the initiative. Full text...

  • French presence in Cote d'Ivoire raises eyebrows
    05 october 2002 16:29:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The deployment of French troops in Cote d'Ivoire initially to protect French and other western nationals as fighting raged between rebel and loyalist forces, is beginning to arouse suspicion particular as the evacuation of more than 2,300 foreigners has since been completed. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis makes headlines in Burkina Faso
    05 october 2002 14:42:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe newspapers this week have expressed concern over the situation in Cote d'Ivoire and the attitude of authorities there. Full text...

  • Scepticism in Yamoussoukro over signing of cease-fire
    05 october 2002 11:27:00
    Yamoussoukro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian rebels out to overthrow President Laurent Gbagbo are expected to sign a cease- fire agreement with his government Saturday in Tiebissou, 60 km from Yamoussoukro, the Ivorian capital. Full text...

  • Togolese dailies dwell on Ivorian crisis
    04 october 2002 23:06:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese dailies this week have commented on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire, warning against a similar unrest in Togo if its socio-political situation remains unsettled. Full text...

  • Cocoa, coffee farmers aid Ivorian Army
    04 october 2002 21:29:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian cocoa and coffee farmers have donated 10,000 million CFA francs (15 million US dollars) to government forces fighting rebel soldiers who mutinied on 19 September, sources affirmed Friday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Ivorian cease-fire agreement put off for Sunday
    04 october 2002 19:39:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Contrary to earlier indications from the contact group of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the signing of a cease-fire agreement between loyalist forces and mutinous soldiers in Cote d'Ivoire failed to take place Friday. Full text...

  • WAJA worried by Ivorian crisis
    04 october 2002 17:35:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) Friday expressed concern over the "war" raging in Cote d'Ivoire, following the 19 September uprising. Full text...

  • Ivorian foreign minister opposes ECOMOG's presence
    04 october 2002 17:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian foreign minister Aboudramane Sangaré has opposed plans to send ECOMOG, a peacekeeping force under the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to end a mutiny that broke out in his country on 19 September. Full text...

  • Benin troops for peace mission in Côte d'Ivoire
    04 october 2002 12:45:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin will contribute troops for the peacekeeping force to be deployed in Côte d'Ivoire under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the government has announced. Full text...

  • President Gbabgo sends envoy to Cameroon
    04 october 2002 11:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has sent an envoy to President Paul Biya of Cameroon, but in the latter's absence, the envoy met with Prime Minister Peter Mafany Musonge on Thursday. Full text...

  • Britain renews advice against travel to Côte d'Ivoire
    04 october 2002 10:52:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The UK has renewed its advise to all its citizens against all holiday and other non-essential travel to Côte d'Ivoire due to current unrest in the West African country. Full text...

  • AI, IFHR concerned over human rights in Côte d'Ivoire
    04 october 2002 10:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The plight of foreigners and the human rights situation since the Ivorian crisis broke out on 19 September have become a cause for concern for Amnesty International (AI) and the International Federation of Human Rights (IFHR). Full text...

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