"This accord is an important step toward restoring peace, stability and economic normality in Côte d'Ivoire and west Africa," said Mr. Graham. "We urge all parties to fully implement the agreement. Canada supports the post-conflict reconciliation process, which is closely linked to the spirit of the G8 Africa Action Plan and the New Partnership for Africa's Development."
Mr. Graham applauded the important role that the French government and the Economic Community of West African States played in the successful conclusion of the negotiations. He condemned weekend violence that erupted in Abidjan following the conclusion of the accord and called for restraint. He also reiterated Canadian support for an independent investigation into human rights abuses in Côte d'Ivoire, to ensure that all the facts can be established so that those responsible are brought to justice.
In concluding, Mr. Graham expressed hope that the accord will signal a renewed commitment to political dialogue, respect for constitutional institutions and the creation of conditions that will enable internally displaced persons and refugees to return home.
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