Ivory Coast's former army chief has threatened to remove President Laurent Gbagbo from power.

General Mathias Doue told Radio France International Friday, that if the international community does not commit itself to getting rid of the president peacefully, he will do what it takes himself.

He said the president's departure is the only way to end the three-year conflict between rebels and the government.

General Doue led the Ivorian army until President Gbagbo replaced him in November. He is regarded as a political moderate.

Meanwhile, former army spokesman Jules Yao Yao told the French News Agency Saturday, that many members of the army are prepared to fight against President Gbagbo.

Ivory Coast has been divided in two since a civil war in 2002. Little progress has been made in implementing a series of peace deals between the government and rebels.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.