“We are not in opposition to the government when Laurent Gbagbo returns,” Koné Katinan, a spokeswoman for the ex-president, told the press on Wednesday in Abidjan. With new language elements, the person in charge of communication within the Welcome Committee gave some details about the preparations. He still does not want a discreet return, but a “visible return”.
With our correspondents in Abidjan, Pierre Pinto and Jean-Luc Aplogan
The spokesman confirmed June 17 as the date for return of Laurent GbagboHis plane, a commercial flight, is expected to land in the middle of the afternoon. Then he goes on to the format of the return and says that he wants “a visible welcome”. “What we want is for CIV to celebrate everywhere. Not everyone has to converge at the airport, but some show their joy where they are, “Justin Koné Katinan explained yesterday.
So far we have no restrictions from government, informs Katinan and specifies that the authorities remain a partner in these preparations. “We are not in opposition.” The former president returns for peace and reconciliation, the speaker hammered.
Question from the audience: Is a meeting with President Alassane Ouattara planned? His answer: “There is evidence, we have our traditions. It will be done, the Ivorians want it. “
Another issue, the conviction of its master of Ivorian justice and the threat of unification of victims. “Mr Gbagboa has been acquitted by the ICC, the case is closed, we must not dramatize the pain of the Ivorians. “
New preparatory discussions this Thursday
At the end, Koné calls Katinan’s phone, he answers: “yes, boss”. Then he gets up and isolates himself. As soon as he hangs up, he immediately calls the press until tomorrow Thursday. The one he called “boss”, Laurent Gbagbo, has really communicated new elements to him.
For 36 hours, a photo of a plane ticket in Laurent Gbagbo and Nadiany Bamba’s name has been circulating on social networks on the Brussels Airlines flight on June 17. Arrival is expected in the middle of the afternoon. The date and time were also confirmed on Wednesday by Justin Koné Katinan.
D-Day is approaching and discussions about return methods are advancing to resolve the “details.” “No dialogue has been interrupted, discussions are continuing,” government spokesman Amadou Coulibaly told reporters yesterday. The result of the Council of Ministers and added that a new meeting was planned on Thursday between Interior Minister Diomande Vagondo, who is leading the discussions on behalf of the Prime Minister, and a delegation of envoys by Laurent Gbagbo.
Both parties have added water to their wine. We have seen this on the FPI page. The government also abandoned the idea of a “discreet” reception.