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2006-08-31 12:07:52

By Peter Murphy ABIDJAN (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday urged Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and his opponents to use talks set for next week to untangle the political deadlock which is obstructing elections in the war-divided country. Repeated wrangles over identification and disarmament schemes mean a U.N.-set October 31 deadline to hold national polls will be missed, raising fears of unrest in a nation which has been split in two since a brief 2002/2003 civil...

2006-08-08 10:43:28

By Peter Murphy BOUAKE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Rebels holding the north of Ivory Coast said on Tuesday they would not accept President Laurent Gbagbo remaining in power after an October 31 deadline for holding elections in the West African state. The ultimatum set the rebel New Forces on a collision course with Gbagbo, who -- with the polls widely expected to be delayed -- vowed on Sunday to remain in office until they take place. "There will be no question of the New Forces...

2006-07-05 16:23:17

By Peter Murphy YAMOUSSOUKRO (Reuters) - War-divided Ivory Coast's government and rebels, under pressure from African leaders and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, agreed on deadlines on Wednesday to meet a timetable for elections by end-October. Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and the chief of the New Forces rebels Guillaume Soro agreed to re-set the deadline for the disarmament of pro-government militia in the world's top cocoa grower to July 31, after two dates were already...

2006-04-13 20:30:45

By Peter Murphy ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Heading to class, law student Jacques Koffi makes his morning stop at a roadside news stand to cast an eye over the front pages of Ivory Coast's papers -- a barometer of tension in the war-divided country. "This reassures me," he said, gesturing to the tales of political tiffs and routine government business which have begun to take the place of hysterical rumors of rebel attacks. "Sometimes the headlines make you feel sick with worry, but there's...

2006-04-01 11:44:22

By Loucoumane Coulibaly YAMOUSSOUKRO (Reuters) - Ivory Coast rebels held their first talks in eight months with army chiefs of staff on Saturday, reopening the door to disarmament negotiations to reunite the war-divided West African country. The New Forces rebels' military commander Soumaila Bakayoko sat shoulder to shoulder with army chief General Philippe Mangou for the brief meeting in the Ivorian capital Yamoussoukrou, in the government-controlled south. The two sides agreed to...

2006-03-14 15:51:27

By Peter Murphy ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's rebel leader Guillaume Soro returned to the main city Abidjan on Tuesday to join a new transitional government aiming to reunite the country, split by a 2002-03 civil war. Guillaume Soro, whose rebel New Forces have held the north of the world's top cocoa grower since 2002, walked out of a previous interim government 17 months ago but has now rejoined an administration set up under a U.N.-backed peace plan. His return represents a...

2006-02-28 16:18:55

By Peter Murphy YAMOUSSOUKRO (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's rival faction leaders met on home territory for the first time on Tuesday since the start of a three-year-old conflict and agreed on several measures to try to revive a stagnant peace process. President Laurent Gbagbo, rebel leader Guillaume Soro and opposition politicians gathered at a huge glass and marble conference center in the capital Yamoussoukro under the protection of U.N. peacekeepers, government and rebel soldiers....

2006-01-31 08:18:35

By Ange Aboa GUIGLO, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Militia loyal to Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo say they will oppose the return of United Nations peacekeeping troops to bases in the west which were evacuated during recent violent anti-U.N. riots. The warning poses yet another challenge to the authority of the U.N. mission, which is struggling to enforce a long-delayed peace process in the volatile West African nation, divided into rebel and government zones since a 2002 civil...

2005-12-04 17:45:49

By Loucoumane Coulibaly and Peter Murphy ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Charles Konan Banny, the governor of West Africa's central bank, was named Ivory Coast's interim prime minister on Sunday, with support from the opposition and rebels. The move was brokered by African mediators and could break a deadlock in the country's faltering peace process. The world's top cocoa grower has been split in two since rebels seized its north after failing to oust President Laurent Gbagbo three years ago. A...

2005-10-30 17:11:37

By Peter Murphy ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo vowed to stay in office despite a clash between his security forces and opposition protesters demanding he steps down at the end of his term at midnight on Sunday. "The President of the Republic will carry on guaranteeing the continuity of the state ... until elections are held," Gbagbo said in a broadcast to the nation. "I will never allow the decapitation of the state of Ivory Coast," he added, rejecting...


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