Abidjan, 21 November, 2020 / 2:35 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast have called on the President and one of the opposition leaders in the West African country to “continue and intensify” the recently initiated dialogue and resolve the post-election standoff following the contested October 31 poll.
President Alassane Ouattara and his main opponent, former head of state Henri Konan Bedie, agreed to meet for dialogue on November 11 in view of restoring peace in their country.
In their Thursday, November 19 statement, the members of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) encourage the two political leaders to “continue and intensify, on clear bases, the dialogue that they themselves initiated to the great satisfaction of the people, with a view to reaching national consensus on just solutions that safeguard and promote the common good.”
They add, “It is our hope that this dialogue will take into account the release of all political prisoners, promote the rapid return of all exiles, including President Laurent Gbagbo, so that they can take their full place in the reconciliation process.”
Further, the Prelates “strongly recommend” that the dialogue “takes into account the promotion of the rights and individual freedoms, fair justice and a culture of encounter.”