Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sarkozy talks by phone with Ouattara on the situation in Ivory Coast

.- The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, today held a telephone conversation with Alassane Ouattara, recognized by the international community as the winner of last November's elections in Ivory Coast. The gala chairman told Efe that conversation, of which no details were provided, took place before the meeting convened by Prime Minister Sarkozy, François Fillon, as well as the foreign ministers, Alain Juppe and Defense Gérard Longuet, to address the situation in that African country.

After the meeting of the leading members of the Executive, France enjoined the outgoing president, Laurent Gbagbo, to withdraw to stop the violence in Ivory Coast and to cede the power to "immediately" to Ouattara. In that statement noted that "it is urgent that a definitive end to the crisis created by the rejection of Gbagbo to recognize his defeat in the second round of presidential elections, and called on the Ivorian population is around one President elected.

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