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ECOWAS offers Gbagbo amnesty deal

01-04-2011 13:35 BJT

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African leaders have offered Laurent Gbagbo an amnesty deal on condition he cede the Cote d'Ivoire presidency peacefully to Alassane Ouattara, the country's internationally recognized president-elect.

The presidents, Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin, Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and Pedro Pires of Cape Verde, visited last week without result. But this time, they were joined by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The three presidents represent the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, a 15-member regional bloc that is threatening military action if Gbagbo does not agree to step aside. After their talks with Gbagbo, the delegation also met with Ouattara.

Raila Odinga, Kenyan Prime Minister, said, "We talked about the development in the country and how peace can be restored and how the legitimacy of the presidency can be established. We are going to be making a comprehensive statement on this mission tomorrow after we have consulted President Jonathan (Nigerian president and chairman of ECOWAS)."




Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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