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Adsos Letter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:18 AM
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Ivory Coast: Embattled Gbagbo denies he seeks surrender
Source: BBC

Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo has denied reports he is surrendering after troops loyal to his rival surrounded his residence in Abidjan.

Speaking by phone from his bunker, he said his military were only negotiating a truce and insisted he had won November's presidential election.
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Mr Gbagbo told French news channel LCI that his army was "currently discussing the conditions of a ceasefire with the other forces on the ground" but "on the political level no decision has yet been taken".

"I won the election and I'm not negotiating my departure," he said.


Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12981942



I don't really think he has much choice at this point.
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:42 AM
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1. Obama to Ivory Coast's Gbabgo: Stand Down Immediately

President Obama issued a sternly worded order for Ivory Coast's besieged former President Laurent Gbabgo to relinquish his claim to office and end the violence in the West African country amid reports that he and his top generals are negotiating a surrender.

"To end the violence and prevent more bloodshed, former President Gbabgo must stand down immediately, and direct those who are fighting on his behalf to lay down their arms," Obama said in a statement Tuesday morning. "Every day that the fighting persists will bring more suffering, and further delay the future peace and prosperity that the people of Cote D'Ivoire deserve."

Obama expressed deep concern about reports of Gbabgo-led massacres in the western region as the former president has struggled to hold unto power in the weeks and months after losing a run-off election to Alassane Outtara. Obama said he supported the role of UN peacekeepers, as well as the French military, which are attempting to protect civilians under assault from Gbabgo loyalists.

Rest of article here: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/obama-to-ivo...

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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:25 AM
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2. How dare he! Pat Robertson said he should stay! So did Beck!
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nalnn Donating Member (528 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:33 AM
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3. Gbagbo
Is this guy delusional? Honest question.
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