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Ivorian Leader Confident of AU Support for Peace Plan


Ivory Coast's prime minister says he is "convinced" that new African Union president Denis Sassou-Nguesso will fully support the U.N. peace plan for his country.

Charles Konan Banny spoke to reporters Sunday after meeting with the AU and Congolese president in the Republic of Congo's capital, Brazzaville.

Mr. Sassou-Nguesso was named AU president last week after Sudan's bid to head the 53-nation block failed because of concerns over its human rights record.

Mr. Banny heads a transitional government tasked with arranging elections in Ivory Coast, which has been split between rebel-held and government-controlled areas since a 2002 civil war.

The United Nations removed some staff from Ivory Coast following attacks on U.N. offices there earlier this month.

The attacks were carried out by militant supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo, after U.N.-backed foreign mediators recommended that parliament be dissolved to advance the peace process.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.