The President of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, while monitoring the situation in Côte d’Ivoire with great attention has affirmed the AU’s support to the Ivorian authorities in their quest for a lasting solution.
Mahamat also welcomed the conclusion of an agreement between the Government and the soldiers, stressing that all grievances must be expressed peacefully in order to spare any unnecessary suffering to the civilian population.
The renegade soldiers are reported to have rejected a proposal to end a four-day mutiny over unpaid bonuses just minutes after the government claimed a deal had been reached.
President Alassane Ouattara has been trying to restore order after 8,400 mutineers took control of Ivory Coast’s second-biggest city, Bouake, closed border posts and blockaded roads across the West African nation.
Resident in the commercial capital of Abidjan told the Reuters news agency that they heard shots from two military camps in the east of the city. Frequent gunshots were also heard in the country’s second city of Bouake.
Heavy gunfire was heard early on Monday in the east of the commercial capital, Abidjan, and Ivory Coast’s second largest city, Bouake, which remains sealed off by mutinuous soldiers, according to Aljazeera.
The head of the army said on Sunday troops were being sent to Bouake to “re-establish order” but a Reuters team travelling from the capital Yamoussoukro towards the city, saw only a handful of loyalist military vehicles.
Most of the large column of troops spotted on Sunday evening appeared to have withdrawn, suggesting any government operation was not yet fully under way.
More than 200 commercial trucks were stranded on the roadside after mutinous soldiers sealed off the southern entrance to Bouake, on Monday, Reuters witnesses said.