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General News of Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Source: citifmonline

Ghana can't be used to destabilize Cote d'Ivoire - Mills

President John Evans Atta Mills has assured the international community that Ghana will not allow any group of persons who have wicked intentions to use the country as a base to cause mayhem in Cote d'Ivoire.

There are rumours that elements in La Cote d’Ivoire are accusing President Mills of shielding pro-Gbagbo dissidents and war criminals, who are aiming to overthrow the new Ouattara government.

The story, which was reproduced and published by the New Statesman and the New Crusading Guide Newspapers, suggested that Ghana is willingly harbouring these pro-Gbagbo forces to use the country to launch calls for hatred and popular uprising against President-elect Alassane Ouattara.

According to the reports, the May 14, 2011 edition of the pro-Ouattara newspaper Patriote, alleged the pro-Gbagbo men, have now found a safe haven in Accra and have a ‘crazy dream’ to return to power.

The report, written by the paper’s editor and a confidante of the Ivorian President, Charles Sanga, accused President Mills of being “guilty” in what appears to be a coup conspiracy against Ghana’s neighbour.

“For a country as democratic as Ghana, to serve as a base to destabilize a democratically elected president of another country is really incomprehensible,” writes Charles Sanga.

Another report on the website of the New Forces, (www.fninfo.ci), Prime Minister Guillaume Soro’s rebel group, carries a similar story against Ghana, with the headline, “Le silence coupable d’un pays frère”, or “The guilty silence of a brother country.”

That report insisted, “There are persistent reports and increasing rumours that these refugees, whose hands are soaked in Ivorian blood are being allowed to prepare an uprising against Cote d’Ivoire from Ghana.”

These reports come amidst a growing perception President Mills is an ally to the ousted leader, Laurent Gbagbo.

But President Mills after meeting with the outgoing Ivorian Ambassador to Ghana on Monday May 16, at the Castle Osu, told Citi News’ Vivian Kai-Mensah that the rumours are unfounded.

He said no responsible leader will offer protection to any group of persons who have intentions to destabilize another country.

“Ghana will not allow its territory to be used as a base to destabilize Cote d’Ivoire. This is because the tragedy in that country has taken a very heavy toll on Ghana with the influx of hundreds and thousands of Ghanaians many of whom have spent so many years in Cote d’Ivoire now rushing into Ghana and leaving off their relations who themselves are finding it extremely difficult to carry that wait.

"So no responsible leader will contribute to a situation which creates more problems for him. So those who are spreading rumours that Ghana is harbouring people who want to destabilise Cote d’Ivoire must know that no responsible leader will engage in a practice of this nature".

“And again unknown to people, we have also been taking very practical steps behind the scenes to deepen the peace process in La Cote D’Ivoire”.

Meanwhile Mr. Charles Sanga, the Editor of the Pro-Ouattara Newspaper Patriote, has told Joy FM, an Accra-based radio station, that his publication has been misconstrued. According to him, he only sought to caution President Mills about the presence of pro-Gbagbo forces in Ghana.

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