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Aid block threat for Ivory Coast

The European Union says it will not resume aid to Ivory Coast until the power-sharing government resumes work. EU Commission President Romani Prodi said that $469m had been earmarked for Ivory Coast, which has been divided into two for the past year. The rebels, who pulled out of the new administration in September, have urged the international community to persuade President Laurent Gbagbo to step down. Ivory Coast was West Africa’s richest country until the conflict started. “We are ready, the money is on the table, but we are waiting for the country to make progress,” Mr Prodi said on a visit to the main city Abidjan, where he met both government and rebel representatives. Full Story

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