West African leaders have left Ivory Coast after failing to persuade its incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, to accept exile and cede power peacefully to his rival, Alassane Ouattara.
AP – West African leaders who delivered an ultimatum to Laurent Gbagbo to step down or face a military ouster left Ivory Coast late Tuesday without taking him into exile a month after the U.N. said he lost the disputed election.
Gbagbo threatens to cut diplomatic tiesLaurent Gbagbo said Tuesday he would sever ties with nations that recognise ambassadors appointed by his presidential rival, Alassane Ouattara."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 Tuesday.
Date created : 2010-12-29