West African leaders will return to Ivory Coast Jan. 3 for more talks with incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo (left), the ECOWAS bloc said Wednesday, a day after giving Gbagbo an ultimatum to heed to pressure to step down or face removal by force.
REUTERS - Three West African presidents will return to Ivory Coast on Jan. 3 for more talks with Laurent Gbagbo, whom they have told to accept that he lost last month's presidential election or be removed by force.
He was speaking after a briefing with the envoys, who were in Ivory Coast this week delivering the ECOWAS ultimatum to Gbagbo. The grouping has threatened to use "legitimate force" if Gbagbo does not step aside.
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.
recognize only ambassadors appointed by Ouattara, the French foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
Date created : 2010-12-29