Zimbabwe is committed to a peaceful resolution on the Ivorian crisis in a manner that recognises that countryâ€™s laws and will only follow a cue from the African Union.
This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, Cde George Charamba soon after an envoy of Cote dâ€™lvoire President, Laurent Gbagbo, paid a courtesy call on the Acting President, Cde John Nkomo to brief him on the post-election situation prevailing in the Western African country.
The Envoy, Dr. Zogoe Abie, who is Cote dâ€™lvoireâ€™s ambassador to South Africa, briefed Acting President John Nkomo on what the West African nation is advocating for in order to resolve the post-election crisis which has plunged the country into an electoral dispute.Â
He told the Acting President that Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, wants a peaceful dialogue between his party and that of Alassane Ouattara and the recounting and verification of votes in the north to ascertain the results.
More importantly, Dr. Abie said President Gbagbo wants an international commission to be set up that will evaluate the electoral process.
The commission should comprise the African Union, ECOWAS, European Union, Russia and China to audit the development that led to the electoral dispute.
Briefing the media on the meeting, Media, Information and Publicity Permanent Secretary, Cde George Charamba said the Ivorian envoy was welcomed by the Acting President who received the message on behalf of the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe.
Cote dâ€™Ivoireâ€™s Constitutional Court annulled Alassane Ouattaraâ€™s votes in the north which is controlled by the former new forces rebels and declared President Gbagbo the winner of the November run-off election.
This was after President Gbagboâ€™s party had complained of vote rigging in the north in favour of Ouatarra.
Ouatarraâ€™s nationality is also being challenged as he is said to come from Burkina Faso.Â Â