AU urges diplomatic solution to Cote d'Ivoire crisis

18:28, December 13, 2010      

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The African Union was not in favor of sanctions against Cote d'Ivoire over its disputed presidential election, and called for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, a senior AU official said on Sunday.

Ramtane Lamamra, AU's peace and security commissioner, said the AU was looking for a democratic and peaceful solution to the crisis, and recognized the victory of former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara.

The AU has suspended Cote d'Ivoire's membership.

Lamamra made the remarks when he was attending a meeting of AU's "Committee of the Wise." The committee, composed of five retired African politicians, is aimed to help resolve the African conflicts.

Cote d'Ivoire has been plagued by a political stand-off since the Independent Electoral Commission declared Ouattara winner of the Dec. 3 poll while the Constitutional Council claimed incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo won the election.

Gbagbo and Ouattara, who were both sworn in as presidents of the western African country, formed their own governments and appointed their respective prime ministers.At least two persons were killed and ten others were injured after a six-story building of a textile factory collapsed early Sunday in western Egypt amid heavy rain, official MENA news agency reported.
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