Laurent Banguet
West Coast Reporter for AFP, based in Los Angeles.
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/ 30 June 2004

First talks in months for Ivorian parties

Côte d’Ivoire’s political opposition met President Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday for the first time in three months, with high hopes that a rebel boycott of the talks will not impede efforts to reconcile the troubled African cocoa giant. The day of talks aimed to revive a moribund, French-brokered peace pact signed in January last year.