Official sources in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, have said that Guinea, Senegal and the Ivory Coast have agreed to bury long-standing differences and co-operate in the future.
Official sources in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, have said that Guinea, Senegal and the Ivory Coast have agreed to bury long-standing differences and co-operate in the future. The new agreement was announced in a communique which followed summit talks in Monrovia between the leaders of six West African nations.
SYNOPSIS: In the past Guinea has accused the other two countries of harbouring Guinean exiles dedicated to over-throwing the government of President Sekou Toure. Diplomatic relations were broken and for some tim Guinea pursued an isolationist policy, which is reported to have adversely affected its economy.
Ivory Coast President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Liberian President William Tolbert and President Leopold Sedar Senghor of senegal arrived together for the summit meeting, which opened on Saturday (18 March). The other leaders who participated in the conference were Togo's Gnassingbe Eyadema and Gambia's Sie Dawada Jawara. The three Presidents directly involved -- Toure, Houphouet-Boigny and Senghor -- came together for the first time in eight years at a pre-conference dinner.
Guinea's President Sekou Toure shortly before the start of the conference. After the discussions four principles were laid down for future relations between Guinea, Senegal and the Ivory Coast. It was agreed that all dissentions would be ended, that full diplomatic relations would be re-established, that they would work together for the benefit of their countries and the whole of Africa and that they would promote and facilitate free movement of people and goods in accordance with provisions laid down by the Economic Community of West African States.