Defense ministry says agreement reached
CNN could not confirm soldiers had accepted plan
The government of Ivory Coast and mutinying soldiers reached an agreement Friday evening, the defense ministry said on its Facebook page.
Details of the agreement were not immediately available and CNN could not be confirm the soldiers accepted the plan. Sporadic gunfire heard throughout some of Ivory Coast’s largest cities appeared to have stopped later in the day.
Some soldiers said they were promised – but never received – a salary bonus for their role in bringing President Alassane Ouattara to power after disputed elections in 2010, a military source told CNN.
The soldiers, including some who have been demobilized, say they were each promised 5 million CFA francs ($8,000) and a house.
On January 7, Ouattara announced an agreement after Defense Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi met with the soldiers in Bouake. But unrest continued among some of the soldiers.
Ivory Coast suffered months of violence following the disputed presidential elections in November 2010. Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent, refused to step down after Ouattara was declared the winner.
Gbagbo was arrested five months later and is on trial at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.
A UN peacekeeping force remains in Ivory Coast, tasked with ensuring the protection of civilians and supporting the government’s efforts to disarm and reintegrate former combatants.
CNN’s Margot Haddad and journalist Eric Agnero reported from Abidjan.