Ivory Coast to admit Ghana flights, keep borders shut

By REUTERS
September 24, 2012 01:12




ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast will reopen its airspace to flights from Ghana but keep land and sea borders with its neighbor shut, said the Ivorian government on Sunday, after a series of deadly attacks last week in Abidjan and at a border crossing.

"After 48 hours of observation of the movements of people and goods between the two countries, it is decided that only the air borders will be opened from Monday," the office of President Alassane Ouattara said in a statement read on state television.

Ivorian airspace would reopen to Ghanaian flights from midnight, the statement said.

Ivory Coast closed its border with Ghana on Friday after the raids, during which Defense Minister Paul Koffi Koffi said eight people, including six attackers, were killed.


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