Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The AU mediators continue to mediate in Abidjan

Four of the five heads of state charged by the African Union mediation in Côte d'Ivoire continued Tuesday their mission, in the absence of their counterpart from Burkina Faso Blaise Compaore.
After meeting the day before the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, they had to go in the day in the Gulf where the hotel is entrenched rival northerner Alassane Ouattara from the presidential election on November 28.
Ouattara was declared the winner by the Independent Electoral Commission, the UN, AU, ECOWAS and the quasi-totality of the international community. But Gbagbo proclaimed his re-election by a constitutional council in his hand and refuses to cede power.
President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), also involved in mediation, the head of state of Burkina Faso and James Victor Gbeho, chairman of the executive committee of the regional organization, waived to travel to Abidjan.
The "Young Patriots" movement activists gained body and soul to Gbagbo have threatened to prevent the landing in Côte d'Ivoire to the plane of President of Burkina Faso, accused of taking up the cause of Ouattara.
ECOWAS believes that "this threat was serious enough that he cancels his participation" in the AU mission, but was surprised that it has decided to maintain in the absence of the President of the regional organization .
Ecowas said it would continue to cooperate with the African Union, more than itself divided about how to resolve the political stalemate in Côte d'Ivoire, but the situation in Abidjan was not conducive to "mission critical" it still awaits the report.
No announcement has been published regarding the discussions of Presidents of South Africa, Chad, Mauritania and Tanzania in Abidjan, where calm had returned Tuesday after the death of six supporters of Ouattara killed by security forces security or henchmen of his rival.
Since the presidential election, expected to end the prevailing division of the country since the civil war of 2002-03, some 300 Ivorians have been killed.

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