Monday, February 7, 2011

Ivorian crisis: experts from the AU meet Soro and Gbagbo camp

ABIDJAN - The experts sent by the panel of heads of state mandated by the African Union to resolve the Ivorian crisis met Monday in Abidjan, Guillaume Soro, Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara, and the camp of the other proclaimed President, Laurent Gbagbo, sources said.
Arrive Sunday, the delegation headed by the Commissioner for Peace and Security of the AU, Ramtane Lamamra, began in the early morning with Mr Soro's meeting with actors in the crisis arose from the November 28 presidential election, has said Mr Soro's entourage.
The meeting was held at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan where the camp is subtracted Ouattara due to a blockade of forces loyal to outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo.
As Prime Minister Mr Gbagbo from 2007 to 2010, Mr Soro led the election process concluded by the disputed presidential results which have plunged the country into crisis, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara - President recognized by the international community including AU - each claiming victory.
The AU delegation was then received at his hotel representatives Gbagbo camp, including his Foreign Minister Alcide Djedje and Pascal Affi N'Guessan, the head of his party, the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), was a journalist the AFP.
The experts, whose departure is planned for Thursday, will prepare a report for the panel of five African heads of state, which should be reflected in Nouakchott on February 20 before traveling to Abidjan themselves.
Introduced in late January, the panel is chaired by the Head of State of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. It also includes Idriss Deby (Chad), Jacob Zuma (South Africa), Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania) and Blaise Compaore (Burkina Faso). He has until late February to take decisions "binding".

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