Cote D Ivoire’s Premier Meet ECOWAS Ambassadors in U. S.A.
Cote D Ivoire’s Prime Minister H.E Guillaume Kigbafori Soro has extended his country’s heartfelt gratitude to the International community in general and the Economic Community of West African States Commission (ECOWAS) in particular for their resolve to see Democracy return to his Country and blamed indicted former President Laurent Gbagbo for the Country’s interregnum that saw devastation and chaos, before the return of democracy.
Speaking to Ambassadors from ECOWAS Countries – assigned to the United States of America at the Embassy’s 2424 Massachusetts Avenue North West, Washington D.C. 2008 Chancery on Friday December 16th, the premier said “without your determination, support and Cooperation, Democracy would not have seen the light of day in Ivory Coast”.
“On behalf of Mr. President H.E Alhassan D. Ouattara, Government and People of Cote D Ivoire, please convey (our) sincere appreciation and gratitude to your authorities for their input that saw democracy back in our country”.
He said several attempts which were made by ECOWAS, the Pretoria government, Nigeria, and other West African leaders to peacefully resolve the Ivory Coast crisis were rebuffed by Mr. Gbagbo.
“We were ready to accept any deal for the sake of the people and the Country which are bigger than any one of us: but you know what happened”.
He said the Country is now experiencing sanity and things are changing for the better.
Giving a background of his visit to the United States of America, His Excellency Guillaume Kigbafori Soro said he was in the USA “to participate in the 10th session of the States Parties to the statute of Rome of the International Criminal Court scheduled for December 13th to 19th 2011 in New York City.
“Outside that meeting I am here in Washington DC for some meetings with some United States Government officials, and also to meet with members of the ECOWAS Ambassadors group, to on behalf of Mr. President H.E Alhassan D. Ouattara, Government and People of Cote D Ivoire, extend our gratitude to you, for your support during our turbulent times.”
“Though sanity has returned, the impasse saw the loss of many lives and destruction of huge quantum of properties: to make mention of collapse public and privately owned institutions need not be over emphasized,” said Prime Minister Guillaume Kigbafori Soro.
Though Democracy has seen the re-establishment of the security forces, the Police, Gendarmerie, the Army and other Government Institutions including the health sector, the general rehabilitation of infrastructure is costing the Government a huge amount of money.
Prime Minister Guillaume Kigbafori Soro was accompanied by the Ivorian Justice Minister Hon. Jeaniot Kouadio Ahoussou, Deputy Chief of Staff and two other senior Ivorian Government Ministers.
Sierra Leone was represented by Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’affaires His Excellency Ibrahim S. Conteh.
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