Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara met with his main opposition rival, Henri Konan Bedie, on Wednesday and promised to pursue talks aimed at calming a standoff over the October 31 election, which has ignited clashes killing scores of people. Africa News reports that both 78 year-old Ouattara, and 86 year-old Bedie said the meeting was an important first step but did not indicate that they had made any concessions that would likely end the violence that has already claimed the lives of 85 people and led to more than 8,000 people fleeing the country to seek refuge in neighbouring states.