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Former Ivorian rebels hold low-key celebration of Sept. 2002 uprising

Posted by African Press International on September 21, 2007

Bouake (Cote dIvoire) The former Ivorian rebel group, Forces Nouvelles (New Forces-FN), Wednesday in Bouake celebrated in moderation their fifth anniversary since the beginning of their revolt in 2002, noted APA.

The restraint that the ex-rebels demonstrated is in line with the peace and reunification environment prevailing in the country since the signing of the Ouagadougou peace agreement on 4 March 2007.

According to the deputy FN chief of staff, Major Ouattara Issiaka alias “Wattao”, the ex-rebel group has in fact decided to join the peace process created by the Ouagadougou agreement, which President Laurent Gbagbo and the FN leader Guillaume Soro signed.

Soro was later appointed Prime Minister in accordance with this agreement.

“From now on, we work in favour of peace. Ivorians suffered too much. It is time for a rapid peace,” he told APA, after the commemoration ceremony held at the “boulevard du palais” of Bouake.

After a foiled coup against President Laurent Gbagbo on 19 September 2002, the rebel group withdrew to the northern half of the country which it controlled till the signing of the Ouagadougou agreement.

Since then, the country initiated a change towards peace and reunification.

Signs of the positive evolution of the political and security situation in Cote dIvoire are noticeable particularly through the suppression of the buffer zone on 16 April, the weapon incineration ceremony on 30 July in Bouake, the Independence Day celebrations throughout the country on 7 August and the progressive redeployment of the civil service.

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