Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire: Ouagadougou Peace Agreement

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At the invitation of His Excellency Mr. Blaise COMPAORE, President of the Republic of Burkina Faso, Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and acting under the mandate of this organization, two parties of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire; one representing the President of the Republic and the other representing the Forces Nouvelles, met in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from February 05 t'h to March 03rd 2007.

This meeting was held as a follow up from the peace plan presented by President Laurent GBAGBO, who, on January 23rd 2007, seized the Chairman of ECOWAS and asked him to facilitate direct talks between the former belligerents of the armed conflict in Cote D'Ivoire.

President Blaise COMPAORE, after consultations with the Secretary General of the Forces Nouvelles, Mr. Guillaume SORO, the different stakeholders of the Ivorian political scene as well as with the Prime Minister, Mr. Charles Konan BANNY, agreed to act as a facilitator of the talks and recommended that their conclusions remain within the framework of the UN Resolution 1721 (2006) adopted by the Security Council on November 15th 2006.

During their discussions, the delegation of the Presidency of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, headed by Mr. Desire TAGRO, Special Advisor of President Laurent GBAGBO, Spokesman of the Presidency of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, and the delegation of the Forces Nouvelles, headed by Mr. Louis-Andre Dacoury- Tabley, Deputy Secretary General of the Forces Nouvelles and Minister of Solidarity and the War victims, profoundly committed to the happy ending of the current crisis in C6te d'Ivoire, have reviewed the situation inside the country.

The participants to the talks have underlined and reaffirmed the urgent necessity to restore peace and stability in the country, to fight against the growing rate of insecurity, unemployment and poverty; to re- establish the State authority throughout the territory of Cote d'ivoire, to ensure the freedom of circulation of persons and their properties all over the country.

Because of their important role in the implementation of the peace process, the two parties to the armed conflict in Cote d'Ivoire have agreed on the urgent need for them to work together in order to consolidate peace, promote a real national reconciliation and to restore a political and institutional normalization in the country through a permanent dialogue and mutual trust.