Ivory Coast to reopen Ghana border following 2-week closure

By REUTERS
October 7, 2012 23:21

 
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ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast announced it would reopen its border with eastern neighbor Ghana on Monday, more than two weeks after it was shut over a series of deadly attacks Ivorian officials said were launched from Ghanaian territory.

The Ivorian government blamed the raids, which targeted police and army installations in the commercial capital Abidjan and a border town on Sept. 20 and 21, on supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo currently living in exile in Ghana.

Ivorian Defense Minister Paul Koffi Koffi said in a statement broadcast on state television late on Sunday that both countries had reinforced security along the border "with the aim of stopping all incursions".

"As a result President Alassane Ouattara decided that from Monday October 8, 2012 at seven in the morning the land and sea borders will reopen," he said.

Though Ivory Coast reopened its airspace to flights from Ghana on September 23, the closure has blocked the main transportation route along the Gulf of Guinea, stretching from Ivory Coast to Nigeria.

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