SA changes stance on Ivory Coast

By | February 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm | One comment | Uncategorized

By SAPA, 2011/02/18

South Africa believes that dwelling on the “inconclusive” elections in Ivory Coast will not help in negotiating an end to the political crisis in that country, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane said on Thursday.

“I thought it was not our business to drag them backward but to help them forward,” Nkoane-Mashabane told a media briefing in Cape Town.

Without explicitly rescinding South Africa’s earlier endorsement of Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the presidential vote and call on Laurent Gbagbo to relinquish power, she said: “We have no favourite”.

The minister confirmed that President Jacob Zuma will in coming days lead a five-man African Union (AU) delegation to the Ivory Coast for talks, after first holding consultations in Mauritania. More...

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