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Cote d'Ivoire Rebel Force Will Join Govt.: Togolese President

Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema said in Paris Wednesday that the rebel Patriotic Movement of Cote d’Ivoire (MPCI) will join the Cote d’Ivoire government of reconciliation led by Prime Minister Seydou Diarra. The Togolese president, who is in Paris to attend the 22nd Africa-France summit due to be held here on Thursday and Friday, made this remarks following his meeting with French President Jacques Chirac at the French presidential palace of Elysee. “All is going on good path. We are at the point of finding a solution with the help of France,” said Eyadema, referring to the implementation of a French-brokered peace deal reached here on Jan.24 aimed at resolving the five-month civil war in west African country. “The rebels will enter in the new government. It is up to the prime minister who will discuss with his head of state to decide the posts that will be given to the rebels,” he said. Full Story

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