January 21, 2011

The NDC Member of Parliament for Mfantseman West, Aquinas Quansah, has described the recently held press conference by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the Ivorian crisis, as a useless exercise.

He said the conference which was a waste of energy and time on the part of the opposition failed to come out with any positive suggestions which could help in finding lasting solutions to the crisis in Ivory Coast.

The NPP at a press conference addressed by its Party Chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey on Thursday 20th January 2011 catalogued instances of inconsistencies he said exposed the government’s confused position on the Ivory Coast situation.

The NPP, accused the president of diplomatic double-talk for saying he supports ECOWAS’s decision to resort to force as a last measure to remove incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo should he refuse to relinquish power, and at the same time saying he did not believe war would bring a solution to the Ivorian crisis and that Ghana would not be able to contribute soldiers to any military intervention.

But speaking on e.tv’s Breakfast TV show on Friday, the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman East, Aquinas Quansah, dismissed the NPP’s assertion, stating that President Mills has continued to reiterate the point that he stands by any decision taken by the ECOWAS group.

‘’Their press conference did not provide practical solutions to the impasse ,we expected the NPP who have severally criticized President Mills over his stance on the issue to state the way out, but their statement was a mere pack of accusations’’ he said.

Hon. Aquinas Quansah, further stated that President Mills will continue to remain committed to finding diplomatic solution rather than resorting to military action to solving the Ivorian crisis.

Story by : Kwdawo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh