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Dec 30, 2010

More talks needed in Ivory Coast crisis: envoys

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – A delegation of three West African presidents who met incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday to deliver an ultimatum to step down or face force left saying more meetings were needed.

Gbagbo’s government, meanwhile, remained defiant in the face of international pressure to cede power, saying it would sever ties with any country that recognized envoys named by rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara.

Dec 29, 2010

Analysis: West Africa not likely to use force in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN/DAKAR (Reuters) – West African leaders have threatened to remove Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo by force if he refuses to go quietly, but are likely to rely on persuasion rather than arms to get their way.

Urban warfare and heavy civilian casualties in the former economic jewel of West Africa would be nearly inevitable if regional bloc ECOWAS rolled in the troops, and member states like Nigeria are reluctant to pay this price, analysts said.

Dec 29, 2010

Analysis – W.Africa to use talks, not force, in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN/DAKAR (Reuters) – West African leaders have threatened to remove Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo by force if he refuses to go quietly, but are likely to rely on persuasion rather than arms to get their way.

Urban warfare and heavy civilian casualties in the former economic jewel of West Africa would be nearly inevitable if regional bloc ECOWAS rolled in the troops, and member states like Nigeria are reluctant to pay this price, analysts said.

Dec 29, 2010

More talks needed in Ivory Coast crisis: ECOWAS envoys

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – A delegation of three West African presidents who met incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday to deliver an ultimatum to step down or face force left saying more meetings were needed.

Gbagbo’s government, meanwhile, remained defiant in the face of international pressure to cede power, saying it would sever ties with any country that recognized envoys named by rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara.

Dec 29, 2010

More talks needed in ICoast crisis – ECOWAS envoys

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – A delegation of three West African presidents who met incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday to deliver an ultimatum to step down or face force left saying more meetings were needed.

Gbagbo’s government, meanwhile, remained defiant in the face of international pressure to cede power, saying it would sever ties with any country that recognised envoys named by rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara.

Dec 28, 2010

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo warns over rival envoys

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – The government of Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo said it would sever ties with countries that recognised envoys named by presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara in a powerful sign he was not about to quit.

“The government would like to make it known that in the light of such decisions, it reserves the right to apply reciprocity in ending the missions of their ambassadors in Ivory Coast,” the government’s spokesman said in a statement on national television on Tuesday.

Dec 28, 2010

West Africa leaders to give Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo ultimatum

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – The presidents of three West African states were due in Ivory Coast on Tuesday to tell internationally-isolated incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo to step down or face removal by force.

Regional and world powers want Gbagbo to cede power to rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara after elections last month provoked a dispute that has killed more than 170 people and threatens to tip the country back into civil war.

Dec 28, 2010

Strike call fails to hit main Ivory Coast city and ports

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Most workers in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan ignored a call by presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara for a strike on Monday to force Laurent Gbagbo out of power, saying they must work in order to survive.

Operations at the ports of Abidjan and San Pedro, through which much of Ivory Coast’s cocoa exports are shipped, were normal on Monday morning. Abidjan’s downtown Plateaux business district was bustling, with shops and offices open.

Dec 27, 2010

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara calls for nationwide strike

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara has called for a nationwide general strike from Monday to paralyze the country until internationally isolated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo cedes power.

The world’s top cocoa producing country has faced a violent political impasse since a presidential election last month, which was intended to heal the scars of a 2002-2003 civil war but has instead triggered bloodshed between the rival camps.

Dec 26, 2010

West African presidents to tell Gbagbo to quit

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Three West African presidents will fly to Ivory Coast Tuesday to tell incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo to quit or face force, Benin said Saturday, a sign of mounting regional determination to force him out.

Gbagbo has so far resisted calls to cede power to rival presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara after a November 28 election which African neighbors, the United Nations, the United States and the European Union all say Ouattara won.

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      "Bate Felix is a Dakar-based West & Central Africa Correspondent. He joined Reuters in 2007 as a graduate trainee and has worked in Johannesburg, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. He now covers economics, politics and general news stories in over a dozen countries in West & Central Africa."
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