Museveni against UN position on I Coast

2011-01-26 09:03
Kampala - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has called the United Nations' stance on Ivory Coast "simplistic" and urged investigations into the disputed November presidential elections, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

"This is the proposal that we think should be made to the African Union: there is need for further investigation (into the election)," Tamale Mirundi told AFP on Tuesday, saying his comments were based on remarks made by Museveni at a meeting outside the capital.

Mirundi said Museveni favours "a serious approach that involves investigating the (electoral) process, including registration of voters and who voted."

The investigation should be carried out by an African Union ad hoc committee, he said.

The international community recognised Alassane Ouattara as winner of Ivory Coast's disputed presidential ballot in November. Incumbent Laurent Gbagbo, however, has insisted he was the winner and is refusing to step aside.

There are fears that the standoff will degenerate into full-blown conflict.

African Union leaders will meet at the body's headquarters in Addis Ababa on January 30 and 31 and will seek to harmonise member countries' diverging positions on Ivory Coast.

West African powerhouse Nigeria is pushing for a military solution to dislodge Gbagbo whilst South Africa has a position similar to Uganda's.

African Union chief, Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika arrived on Tuesday in the Ivory Coast, to meet Gbagbo and Ouattara.

In less than a month Uganda holds presidential polls. Museveni, the winner of two disputed previous elections is a candidate.

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