Latest Yamoussoukro Stories

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....

2005-07-07 21:52:34

By Peter Murphy YAMOUSSOUKRO (Reuters) - Government and rebels in divided Ivory Coast failed on Thursday to thrash out a disarmament timetable but President Laurent Gbagbo pledged ensure the rapid passage of laws seen as key to peace. The world's top cocoa producer has been split in two since a failed coup in 2002 triggered civil war. Previous disarmament dates, the latest on June 27, have fallen through over political squabbling, sporadic violence and delays passing legal reforms. Peace...

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