Annan, Tutu will travel to Ivory Coast

2011-04-30 09:56

Abidjan – Former UN chief Kofi Annan and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu will travel to Ivory Coast at the weekend to meet with the country’s new authorities after the toppling of strongman Laurent Gbagbo, a statement said yesterday.

The two, alongside former Irish president Mary Robinson, are expected in Abidjan tomorrow for a two-day visit to “encourage healing and national reconciliation”, said the statement by The Elders, a group of influential global figures.

“Although a political handover has finally taken place and the elections results implemented, the situation is still fragile,” Annan said in the statement.

Alassane Ouattara, regarded as the winner of the November elections, has taken the presidency after Gbagbo was ousted on April 11 for refusing to hand over power, plunging the country into a tense and violent crisis. 

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