The World Bank has warned Ivory Coast that further debt relief hinged on long-delayed elections taking place, and urged it to end quickly a political stalemate. World Bank President Robert Zoellick expressed concern about any failure by the West African country to hold the elections this year. However, Zoellick said he had been encouraged that President Laurent Gbagbo seemed to understand the importance of moving quickly to a vote. U.N. Ivory Coast Special Representative Choi Young-Jin had met with Zoellick to discuss the latest developments in the country’s peace process and electoral issues. Zoellick reiterated that the World Bank would be ready, whatever the result of the election, to provide support for the establishment of a consultative group of donors for the future government. (Reuters, Xinhua)

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