26 July 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: On a Visit to France, President Ouattara Vows to Hold Accountable Those Who Commit Crimes Following Recent Attack in Western Cote d'Ivoire

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With a picture of President Ouattara on its front page, Le Patriote carries a prominent headline reading, "Duekoue: Nobody will be spared." The paper attributes this statement to the Ivorian leader, who was speaking to French international broadcaster TV5 yesterday in Paris. "Everybody will be brought to justice," the paper (p. 3) quotes President Ouattara as saying about the recent attack in the western town of Duekoue that reportedly killed at least 13 people. On the dialogue between the ruling coalition in Cote d'Ivoire and the opposition FPI party, the president said "We're condemned to live together." President Ouattara, who is also the chairman of the West African ECOWAS group, said that "the regional block will help the authorities in Mali to retake the rebel-controlled northern regions."

"The massacres that occurred in Duekoue won't remain unpunished," Le Nouveau Reveil (p. 6) quotes President Ouattara as saying. The paper, which carries a front-page banner headline reading "Ouattara responds to the FPI," quotes (p. 6) the president as saying, "I'll continue holding out my hand of friendship to the FPI."

On the agenda of President Ouattara's official visit to France, a front-page headline in Fraternite Matin announces that the Ivorian leader is scheduled to meet President Francois Hollande today at the Elysee Palace in Paris. The Ivorian president met yesterday with French Foreign Affairs Minister, Laurent Fabius who, according to the paper (p. 5), praised the French-Ivorian strong relations as "an old partnership that neither time nor tribulations, which came across history, can erode," adding, "We'll move forward as France and Cote d'Ivoire are friends."

Meanwhile with a front-page banner headline on a black background, Notre Voie sounds negative about President Ouattara's visit to France. "Ouattara in a hot spot," says a prominent headline in this paper, which informs readers that activists and movements from both Cote d'Ivoire and other countries on the African continent are set to gather today at the Elysee Palace to protest "the re-colonization of the black continent." On the topic of freedom of the press in Cote d'Ivoire, the paper (p. 6) reports that Reporters Without Borders, a French press defense group, is calling on President Hollande to use his meeting with his Ivorian counterpart to push for "press freedom" in Cote d'Ivoire.

"Stand up against Ouattara," reads a front-page headline in Le Nouveau Courrier, which describes President Ouattara's statement yesterday in Paris as "a festival of lies."

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