Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Search of Air Algerie crash site continues

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy, Hollande and the scooter wars

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Confusion online over Air Algérie flight

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

WWI Centenary: the battle for Verdun

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

When big companies want to do good

Read more

  • In pictures: Debris and devastation at Air Algérie Flight AH5017 crash scene

    Read more

  • Kerry heads to Paris for new round of Gaza peace talks

    Read more

  • ‘No survivors’ from Algerian plane crash, says Hollande

    Read more

  • Paris bans new Gaza protest scheduled for Saturday

    Read more

  • Tour de France fans bring the ambience to the Pyrenees

    Read more

  • French families grieve for Algerian plane crash victims

    Read more

  • Protest against Gaza offensive turns deadly in West Bank

    Read more

  • Halal tourism on the rise

    Read more

  • LA Times wipes France off the map in air crash infographic

    Read more

  • Lithuania’s Navardauskas wins 19th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • French lawyer files complaint against Israel at ICC

    Read more

  • Ukraine names acting PM after Yatseniuk's shock resignation

    Read more

  • BNP to pay $80 million for defrauding Dept of Agriculture

    Read more

  • Deadly strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Pope meets Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan

    Read more

Gbagbo makes landmark peace-driven visit to Burkina

Latest update : 2008-07-29

"I have come to announce peace", Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo told Burkina Faso's lawmakers, during a landmark three-day visit to Ouagadougou signaling warming relations between the two countries.

Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo sought Monday to reassure neighbouring Burkina Faso about the fragile peace in his homeland, telling lawmakers on a landmark visit that the war was over.
   
"I have come to tell you the storm has passed. I have come to announce the end of the war in Ivory Coast. I have come to announce peace," he said during a short address to the Burkina Faso parliament.
   
After a peace accord, partly brokered by Ouagadougou, a new government was installed earlier this year in Ivory Coast which entailed Gbagbo sharing power with former rebel chief Guillaume Soro as his prime minister.
   
Relations between Abidjan and Ouagadougou had been strained since a September 2002 coup attempt against Gbagbo by Soro's New Force rebels cut the country in half.
   
Gbagbo has accused Burkina Faso of supporting the rebels. Ouagadougou in return blamed the Ivorian authorities of supporting a failed coup in Burkina in 2003.
   
The Ivorian president's three-day visit to Burkina is a clear sign that relations between the West African nations are warming up.
   
"I have come to say that it is time to get to work. Let's get back to work," Gbagbo told the parliament in a call to strengthen regional cooperation.
   
His visit to Burkina comes ahead of planned presidential elections on November 30, a culmination of the peace process.
   
Gbagbo stressed that despite a sometimes rocky relationship the ties between the two countries are very strong.
   
"For me and also for many Ivorians and Burkina Faso nationals Ivory Coast and Burkina are one and the same fatherland in the heart of West Africa because of our long political, economical, social, cultural and human history," he said.
   
Some four million people from Burkina Faso work in Ivory Coast, most in the plantations of the world's biggest cocoa producer.
 

Date created : 2008-07-29

COMMENT(S)