In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 Sunday, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara insisted that his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, must be tried for crimes committed during the deadly standoff that followed last year's disputed election.
The day after Alassane Outtara was officially inaugurated as president of Ivory Coast, FRANCE 24 met the country’s new leader at the presidential residence in Yamoussoukro. Outtara told FRANCE 24 that former president Laurent Gbagbo, who was prised from power months after he was defeated in a presidential election last year, must be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Nearly 3,000 people died in the violence that followed the disputed poll, according to the new government. Tens of thousands more fled Ivory Coast for neighbouring countries. The ICC has previously stated that it is specifically concerned about reported massacres in the west of Ivory Coast.
When asked about the civilians who took up arms to support Ouattara during the long and bloody battle against Gbagbo loyalists, Ouattara said “we have them under control, we train them. Some of them have been recruited to become part of the police. (…) We are going to clean up this process [within the next] few weeks. I’m confident that we’ll be able to do this.”
Date created : 2011-05-22