Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

French education: Reinventing the idea of school

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Frogs legs and brains? The French food hard to stomach

Read more

#TECH 24

Station F: Putting Paris on the global tech map

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Davos 2017: 'I believe in the power of entrepreneurs to change the world'

Read more

#THE 51%

Equality in the boardroom: French law requires large firms to have 40% women on boards

Read more

FASHION

Men's fashion: Winter 2017/2018 collections shake up gender barriers

Read more

ENCORE!

Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan speaks out about her time behind bars

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Threat of economic crisis still looms in Zimbabwe

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

DAVOS 2017: Has the bubble burst?

Read more

Africa

Hollande urges Ivory Coast’s Ouattara to seek reconciliation

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-07-26

French President François Hollande (left) urged Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara (right) to seek dialogue with ousted strongman Laurent Gbagbo during talks in Paris on Thursday. Gbagbo clung to power in 2010 after losing the presidential election.

AFP - French President Francois Hollande on Thursday urged his Ivory Coast counterpart Alassane Ouattara to pursue reconciliation efforts in the West African country.

In talks here, Hollande "raised the question of the reconciliation needed between Ivorians, which occurs through dialogue, the fight against impunity and justice," his office said in a statement.

Ouattara's government has struggled with reconciliation efforts since he took power in April last year after ousting former leader Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to accept he lost a presidential election late in 2010.

About 3,000 people were killed in post-election unrest.

Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) this month accused authorities of having "absolutely no intention" of holding direct talks with the opposition.

A diplomatic source said French officials had "highlighted the importance of reconciliation" in talks with Ouattara, who was on a three-day visit to Ivory Coast's former colonial ruler.

"There are tools in place," the source said. "President Ouattara acknowledged that you need both players to be involved to have a dialogue."

Ouattara also thanked Hollande for France's cancelling of nearly all Ivory Coast's debt -- part of an international effort to grant the country debt relief as it seeks to rebuild its economy.

"This will allow us to strengthen investments in social sectors and I would like to say a big thank you," Ouattara said after the two emerged from talks.

The countries signed a deal Wednesday that will see France cancel 99.5 percent of Ivory Coast's debt, or about three billion euros ($3.7 billion), after Western creditors announced a $6.5 billion write-off last month.

Date created : 2012-07-26

  • IVORY COAST

    Ivory Coast's fugitive 'youth leader' says ready to face Hague

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    Ivory Coast uncovers ‘coup plot’

    Read more

  • France - Ivory Coast

    Ouattara, Sarkozy sign security deal in Paris

    Read more

COMMENT(S)