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Western African leaders to arrive in Cote d'Ivoire for 2nd round of talks

01-03-2011 10:03 BJT

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Western African leaders are due to arrive Monday in the Cote d'Ivoire capital of Abidjan. They will hold a second round of talks with incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo. Last Friday, three members of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS held talk with Gbagbo, trying to persuade him to cede power.

The group will be joined by African Union emissary Raila Odinga, and the Kenyan prime minister. Raila Odina faced a similar situation. He was the Kenyan prime minister who has widely believed to have won the presidential election in his country in 2007, but in the end settled for a power sharing deal with incumbent president Mwai Kibaki. Earlier Odinga made remarks that the visit is aimed to protect Cote d'Ivoire's democracy and people's rights. The visit comes after West African leaders threatened to use force against Gbagbo to remove him from office.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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