Leaders in Ivory Coast resume reconciliation talks

July 13, 2012 - 2:38 PM

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's government met with leaders from ex-president Laurent Gbagbo's party Friday, marking the first attempt to restart reconciliation talks in the West African nation since April.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio said he presented a plan for a dialogue among all political factions, but that no future meeting date had been set.

Gbagbo's party previously ruled out resuming talks until the former strongman and other detained party members would be released. Spokesman Augustin Guehoun said it will continue to press for their release.

Gbagbo is being held at the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity stemming from violence that killed thousands after a disputed November 2010 elections. Gbagbo's party maintains both sides are to blame for the violence, calling it arbitrary that only its loyalists and none of President Alassane Ouattara's men have been detained.