Gbagbo is back to his old tricks again. He’s issued a call to Alassane Ouattara to “let’s sit down and talks!” About what? Handing over power to Ouattara? Not very likely, is it?
“There will be no war in Ivory Coast”, Gbagbo loftily proclaims. He probably thinks Ouattara will agree to power-sharing (again)! But Guillaume Soro, who shared power with Gbagbo (as Gbabgo’s prime minister for some years) will firmly tell his ally, Ouattara, that “Gbagbo is an incurable “dictator”, as he was quoted to have said by Le Monde. Here is a report on Gbagbo’s latest statement, courtesy of Le Monde (as automatically translated by Google).
Gbagbo says that “there will be no war in Cote d’Ivoire”
LEMONDE.FR with AFP | 10.12.10 | 1:41 p.m.
“There will be no war in Cote d’Ivoire ” , said Laurent Gbagbo, one of the two presidents [who have] announced [themselves in] the Ivory Coast, arguing for a “discussion” with the camp of his rival Alassane Ouattara , in remarks reported Friday, December 10 by the state-owned daily Fraternité Matin .
“Let us sit down and talk” , called Thursday night Ivorian incumbent President, who received [at] the Presidential Palace, representatives of the community Atchan, [in] the Abidjan area. Threatened with sanctions by the United States and released [cut loose] by Africa, Gbagbo is increasingly isolated in front of the international community recognizes as his only legitimate opponent. Meanwhile, the government of Mr. Ouattara, led by the head of the former rebel Guillaume Soro, has called on the military to recognize the former opponent as his “supreme leader” .
Gbagbo INCREASINGLY ISOLATED
The African Union (AU) announced Thursday it was suspending the Ivory Coast’s authorities until the presidential election challenger, Alassane Ouattara, came to power following Laurent Gbagbo. The Security Council of the United Nations also announced in the wake its support for Mr Ouattara, while U.S. President Barack Obama sent a letter to Mr. Gbagbo, saying “that if he made the wrong choice [ …], we will consider possible sanctions against him and others if need be “ , said the spokesman for the State Department, Philip Crowley .
Gabon has pressed the point home Friday in a statement calling on Ivorians to focus on peace “taking into account the position expressed by the African Union (AU) and the resolution adopted by the UN” , without mentioning the name of the proclaimed the winner by these two organizations.
The Ivorian Independent Electoral Commission had announced, on December 2, Alassane Ouattara won the second round on 28 November with 54.1% of the vote. But the next day, the Constitutional Council announced that Laurent Gbagbo was elected with 51% of the vote after several hundreds of thousands of votes in the North, a stronghold of Mr. Ouattara, had been invalidated. The Constitutional Council had then relied on intimidation and fraud attributable to the ex-rebel New Forces.
Since November 29, the day after the second round of the election, some 2,000 Ivorians have fled their country because of the political crisis ” mostly women and children, ” said a spokesman for the Office of the United Nations Refugees (UNHCR). The vast majority of these people (1700) have taken refuge in north-western Liberia, Nimba in the department, according to UNHCR and another 200 are “arrived exhausted after two days of walking” in the region in Guinea Nzerekoke .
These refugees from villages in western Côte d’Ivoire, said that they had left the country “as a precaution, for fear of violence if the political stalemate continues” , said a spokesman, who said that despite a medical condition properly the majority of these asylum seekers are in urgent need of food and shelter.