News / Africa

Ivorian Diplomat Urges World to “Listen” to President’s Concerns

Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, center, gestures during a photo opportunity with his newly-named cabinet, with Prime Minister N'Gbo Gilbert Marie Ake, front left, at the presidency in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Dec 7, 2010
Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, center, gestures during a photo opportunity with his newly-named cabinet, with Prime Minister N'Gbo Gilbert Marie Ake, front left, at the presidency in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Dec 7, 2010

Multimedia

Audio
  • Ambassador Yao Gnamien, a special advisor to embattled Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo spoke with Clottey

Peter Clottey

A special advisor to embattled Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo told VOA there have been several indications the international community is interfering in Ivory Coast’s internal affairs, following the disputed 28th November presidential run-off vote.

Ambassador Yao Gnamien accused the international community, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), of failing to “carefully listen” to Mr. Gbagbo’s concerns following the results of last month’s election.

Mr. Gbagbo told a state newspaper Friday that he wants to “sit down and talk” with his political rival about the situation. But, former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara said Saturday that Mr. Gbagbo must first accept that he lost the election.

Supporters of Mr. Ouattara demanded Mr. Gbagbo resign before any negotiations to resolve the ongoing political impasse. But, this was rejected by Gbagbo aides.

“If we want to have good negotiations, nobody can say that President Gbagbo must resign because President Gbagbo has been declared president of Cote d’Ivoire by our Constitutional Court, which is really the same case in most of the African countries, (and) even in most developed countries. So, the main thing we have to follow is the rule of law,” said Ambassador Gnamien.

Earlier, an aide to Mr. Gbagbo said western envoys are trying to sway the army to support Mr. Ouattara. Interior minister Emile Guirieoulou said western envoys in Abidjan have approached senior Ivorian army officers with the goal of finding soldiers and police to back Mr. Ouattara.

Guirieoulou said Mr. Gbagbo's government “will not tolerate meddling” by outsiders in Ivory Coast's internal affairs.

Ambassador Gnamien said it is wrong for the international community to infringe on what he described as Ivory Coast’s sovereignty.

“When you have a dispute, first of all you have to listen to the two parties. We feel that the international community did not do it. They just took the version of the supporters of former Prime Minister Ouattara and they made their decision. What we are asking for is that (they) will listen to both parties so that we can make the final decision at the level of the international community,” said Ambassador Gnamien.

“If the international community wants to take its responsibility, it has to analyze the two points of view and to see which point of view is supported by the national law, by the constitution of Ivory Coast.”

Meanwhile, President Gbagbo is facing increasing international pressure to hand over power.

The U.N. Security Council, African Union, and Economic Community of West African States have all said Mr. Ouattara won last month's election.  The United States has threatened sanctions against Mr. Gbagbo and his close supporters.

You May Like

Video On the Scene: In Gaza, Darkness Brings Dread and Death

Palestinians fear nighttime raids, many feel abandoned by outside world, VOA's Scott Bobb reports More

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity

Experts say providing access to microloans, crop insurance, better storage facilities, irrigation, road systems and market information could enable greater production More

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge 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