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Guei seeks to reassure international community

Cote d'Ivoire's new military leader, Brigadier General Robert Guei sought on Tuesday to reassure the international community that Friday's coup was done to save his country from chaos and he called for help in restoring democracy.

"As soon as you will have helped me to establish the good rules of democracy, even if you do it within a month, I would be happy," Guei told diplomats and representatives of international organisations at a briefing in the Gallieni military barracks in Abidjan. "The sooner the better."

He said, however, "I cannot set a precise timetable for the moment," intimating that the Comite national de Salut publique (CNSP), which he heads, wants to tackle issues such as the "squandering" of aid funds by its predecessor.

"Right now the money your countries gave us has been squandered," Guei told representatives of donor nations. "We're going to audit all institutions of the republic," he said, calling on governments of countries that have granted aid to Cote d'Ivoire to "give us the file ... the evidence of what you gave us".

[See separate item titled 'COTE D'IVOIRE: New leader seeks to reassure international community]

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