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 Saturday, 25 January, 2003, 15:43 GMT
Ivory Coast peace plan
The following are excerpts from the Ivory Coast peace plan agreed by rebel and government negotiators in Paris.

A government of national reconciliation will be established after the closing of the Paris Conference to assure the return to peace and stability.

Its task will be to reinforce the independence of the judiciary, restore the administration and public services and put the country back to order.

It will set terms for credible and transparent elections and set the dates.

PEACE DEAL
President Gbagbo remains in power
Coalition interim government named
Non-partisan prime minister appointed
Government prepares fresh elections

Under the plan, incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo will cede some of his powers to a prime minister who will head a national unity government.

The new administration is to be headed by Seydou Diarra, who will stay in place until the next presidential election, at which he will not be able to stand.

The new cabinet will include nine ministers - divided between supporters of the president, opposition parties and the rebel movements, French officials say.

The rebels will be forced to give up their arms.

The plan also urges the creation of an international surveillance committee to ensure the accord is respected.

The government of national reconciliation will organise the regrouping of (military) forces and their disarmament. It will make sure no mercenary remains on the national territory.

The government of national reconciliation will take the necessary measures for the liberation and amnesty of all soldiers held for attacking the security of the state and will do the same for exiled soldiers.

The government will present within six months a draft naturalisation law to resolve in a simple and accessible way the (citizenship) situations that are blocked today.

The government will propose that... the president is elected by universal direct suffrage for five years (and) can only be re-elected once... He must be exclusively of Ivorian nationality, born of a father or mother of Ivorian origin.

The government will create immediately a national Human Rights Commission... composed of delegates from all parties and chaired by a personality acceptable to all.

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