The Role of Regional, Continental and International Organisations in Solving the Ivorian Crisis: Gains and Challenges
AbstractThe study examines the role of third party mediation in trying to broker a peace agreement in the Ivory Coast. Furthermore, it highlights the reasons for the failure to implement the French brokered Linas-Marcoussis, as well as the little success of the Accra Accords. The failure of both agreements provides an understanding of events that led to the Pretoria Accords under the auspices of South Africa. In mid-2002, while L Gbagbo, the former President of the Ivory Coast was on a state visit to Italy, the country entered into its most serious political crisis since independence which was attained in 1960 under the leadership of F Houphouêt-Boigny. The study argues that the implementation of the peace accords came up against a lack of goodwill by local actors. The authors contend that in the view of the international community, only by holding free and transparent elections can the Ivory Coast participate in the implementation of the peace accords.
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