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Statement by Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
October 4, 2000

Developments in Cote D'Ivoire

The United State deplores the Ivorian Government's efforts to intimidate the opposition in advance of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court's announcement on presidential candidate eligibility.

We condemn the attempted kidnapping on October 3 of Mrs. Alassane (Dominique) Ouattara, spouse of Republican Rally (RDR) presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara, which occurred in broad daylight and was witnessed by foreign diplomats.

The United States is also deeply disturbed by the travel ban on Ivorian political leaders, which is in contravention of the constitution approved by referendum on July 23 and 24. We note that in spite of having received permission from General Guei himself to travel, gendarmes prevented RDR Secretary General Henriette Dagri Diabate from leaving the country on October 3.

The people of Cote d'Ivoire deserve the right to freely vote for the candidates of their choice in an inclusive, free, fair, and transparent electoral process.

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