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Cote d'Ivoire to investigate attack on PM
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20:35, July 10, 2007

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The government will examine all the possibilities while carrying out investigations into the June 29 attack against Cote d'Ivoire's Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, Soro said Monday while returning from Ouagadougou.

"I decided to meet with the president in order to see how we can launch an international enquiry. The government will meet to analyze all the measures that must be put in place" with regard to this matter, the prime minister, who was speaking on arrival at Abidjan's Felix Houphouet-Boigny Airport, said.

The prime minister is visiting Abidjan for the first time since the June 29 attack which occurred in Bouake, stronghold of the former New Forces (FN) rebels, leaving four members of Soro's delegation dead and 10 more injured.

The prime minister, who came unscathed from the attack, whose perpetrators remain at large, traveled to Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, for a meeting with the country's President Blaise Compaore, who is also the facilitator of the Cote d'Ivoire's peace process with the aim of discussing his security and the peace process in general.

"The most important thing was to demonstrate to all those who wanted to derail the peace process that we are determined and confident. The people of Cote d'Ivoire have a right to enjoy peace, " Soro said, while affirming his "determination" to push forward with the peace process.

"I've come back to continue with the work of implementing the Ouagadougou peace accord. I believe that we owe this much to the people of Cote d'Ivoire. The people have suffered many years of war and our duty now is to deliver peace to them," the prime minister said.

Cote d'Ivoire has been divided into two since a botched coup attempt by the FN against Gbagbo in September 2002 with the north of the country being in the hands of the FN while the south is controlled by the government.

As an important sign of national reconciliation, Gbagbo and Soro signed a peace agreement in Ouagadougou on March 4, under the guidance of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore and in accordance with the agreement. Soro who is the secretary-general of the FN was named prime minister shortly afterward.

Source: Xinhua



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