IVORY COAST | ECOWAS, AU, UN urge use of dialogue for resolving dispute

ECOWAS, African Union and the United Nations have condemned the recent mutiny in Cote d’Ivoire saying the action by the soldiers threatened to exacerbate social tension and undermine successful economic re-launch of the country.

The three bodies, in a joint statement, urged the use of dialogue and legal channels as the sole means for the resolution of disputes.
They gave the advice after visit to Cote d’Ivoire against the backdrop of a revolt that paralysed the country for four days.
Soldiers in Bouake, the epicentre of the uprising and Ivory Coast’s second largest city, withdrawn into their bases on Tuesday after reaching an agreement with the government on bonus payments.

A joint high-level mission, comprising the President of ECOWAS Commission, Marcel de Souza, Senior Minister and Secretary General in the Office of the President of Guinea, Kiridi Bangoura, representative of the AU Chairperson, Prof. Alpha Condé and the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, was received by the Alassane Ouattara, President of Cote d’Ivoire.

The mission expressed its total support for President Alassane Ouattara, the Ivorian Government and people in the difficult times being experienced by the country.
It also congratulated the President of the Republic for the manifest wisdom which led to the quick and peaceful resolution of the demands of the mutineers.

The statement said, “The mission welcomes the agreement reached, which demonstrates the will of the Ivorian Government headed by President Ouattara, to find solutions through dialogue, in order to guarantee the rights of all and the stability of the country.
“Cote d’Ivoire is a major country in the region and should continue to serve as a model of stability and economic development.

“It is important that peace remains the priority, in addressing tensions that may compromise the foundations of economic expansion and the emergence of Cote d’Ivoire.”
ECOWAS, AU and United Nations expressed condolences to the grieving families whio have suffered loss due to the mutiny and wished the injured swift recovery.

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