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Summary: 2 March 2010, Brussels – Statement on Côte d'Ivoire by Ms Catherine Ashton, High Representative, on behalf of the European Union
The European Union has noted the progress made by the parties in their attempts to overcome the new difficulties in Côte d'Ivoire. The European Union pays tribute to the Facilitator of the Inter-Ivorian Dialogue for the vital rôle he has played. President Compaoré's action has made it possible to emerge from a situation that had prompted questions and concern. Likewise the European Union welcomes the actions of Mr. Choi, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, with a view to contributing to calm and to stabilizing the situation.
The European Union hopes that the process of organising elections will be resumed without delay. Côte d'Ivoire needs a government and an independent electoral commission that can act effectively and transparently to bring the country out of the crisis. The European Union calls on Côte d'Ivoire's political leaders to assume their responsibilities in that regard.
The European Union encourages the continuation of the dialogue and the implementation of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement. It is important that that implementation should be carried out in a spirit of consensus and in a calm and peaceful atmosphere. The European Union condemns all acts of violence.
The European Union repeats its commitment to accompanying the people of Côte d'Ivoire through a profound political dialogue in their efforts to emerge from this crisis.
The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armeni a and Georgia align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.