The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean Yves Le Drian, was at the French National Assembly on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
The situation in Côte d’Ivoire returned to the debate with a question from the deputy, Bruno Fuchs, the day after the final proclamation of the results of the elections of October 31, 2020, by the Constitutional Council and followed by the first speech to Nation, of President Alassane Ouattara after his re-election.
During his speech on Monday evening, the Head of State, declared winner of the presidential election, reiterated his call to engage in a frank and sincere dialogue with the President of the PDCI-RDA, Henri Konan Bédié.
« I would therefore like to invite my elder, President Henri Konan Bédié, President of the PDCI-RDA, to a meeting in the coming days for a frank and sincere dialogue to restore confidence, » reiterated Alassane Ouattara.
The head of the French diplomacy welcomed this proposal which, according to him, goes in the right direction. « President Ouattara spoke yesterday in his country by proposing a dialogue with former President Bédié. This is going in the right direction, » he said and continued. « We want acts that clearly contribute to the appeasement. Concrete and rapid steps should be taken to turn the page of violence and division. »
For Mr. Le Drian, all this should be done in accordance with the constitutional framework and the rule of law, he added. « We also believe that the settlement of disputes between the authorities and the opposition must be done on an inclusive basis by involving all political forces in the country … »
The Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs also stressed that, his country is reflected in the words expressed by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, regarding the arrests and restrictions on the freedom of movement of some Ivorian political actors are currently subject.