News / Africa

Gbagbo Aide: UN Sanctions Won’t Work

Members of Pro-Ouattara forces hold their weapons on March 29, 2011 in Duekoue, in western Ivory Coast
Members of Pro-Ouattara forces hold their weapons on March 29, 2011 in Duekoue, in western Ivory Coast

Multimedia

Audio
  • Clottey interview with Augustin Douoguih, a legal adviser to Ivorian incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo

Peter Clottey

A legal adviser to Ivorian incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo says the renewed U.N. sanctions imposed Wednesday on the embattled leader are, in his words, highly unlikely to force Gbagbo to step down and cede power to the internationally-recognized President, Alassane Ouattara.

This came after Gbagbo re-scheduled an address to the nation for Thursday following reports that the rebels have seized control of the country’s capital, Yamoussoukro.

Augustin Douoguih says the world body is using a template to judge the West African nation.

“What are sanctions going to do against Gbagbo? This is a man when he takes a vacation he goes to an Ivorian village. If he goes out of the country, he goes to places like Banjul [Gambia], another African country. He is not a person who is into luxury; he doesn’t have a single bank account abroad; he is happy among his own people. What are these sanctions going to do to him? Nothing,” said Douoguih.

“In fact, when the first round of sanctions was imposed, one local newspaper in Abidjan noticed, ironically, that [French President Nicolas] Sarkozy said, ‘If you see a bank account with Mr. Gbagbo’s name on it please, please take all the money out of it,’” he added.

A spokeswoman for the New Forces rebels, who support Gbagbo's presidential rival, says pro-Ouattara fighters entered Yamoussoukro Wednesday, after making major advances across Ivory Coast. Residents say pro-Gbagbo forces fled and that pro-Ouattara forces walked and drove through the streets.

But, Douoguih says the rebels were aided by both French forces and UN soldiers in the country.

“It’s really not a rebel advance. The information I have is that the UN peacekeeping force, the French force Lincoln, and elements of ECOMOG, the West African military force, are the ones who are advancing. The rebel elements that are from Ivory Coast long ago really gave up because their fight was never intended to kill their own parents, relatives and friends,” Douoguih said.

Douoguih says Gbagbo will, in his words, continue to fight for the liberation of Ivory Coast from French aggression and interference. And, he denied reports that Gbagbo will soon step down.

“I don’t think President Gbagbo has given up. That’s not in his nature. This man fought too hard for the liberation of Ivory Coast to be giving up now. What you must realize is that the media war in this is a very uneven one. The West has enormous resources and they have been engaging in this sort of disinformation for a long time, from the beginning of the crisis,” said Douoguih.

“They want to demoralize the population in the hopes that the population will rise and ask for Gbagbo to leave. In fact, if anything, it’s invigorated [them] by the fact that the young people massively enrolled in the military and, this weekend, they had a tremendous rally, which the Western press has studiously avoided reporting [on],” he added.

You May Like

China Announces Corruption Probe into Senior Ex-Leader

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, being probed for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid