Leader of Côte d'Ivoire urged to avoid further bloodshed

President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d'Ivoire has been urged to avoid any further violence and to ensure that there is no retaliation against supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo.

Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire

Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire

The call has come from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following the surrender of Mr. Gbagbo on Monday.

Until his surrender on Monday, Mr. Gbagbo had refused to leave office following last year’s presidential election which he lost to President Outtara.

The Secretary-General had a telephone conversation with President Ouattara.

Yvette Morris is a UN spokesperson in Geneva.

“In his conversation with President Outtara, the Secretary-General underlined the UN’s expectation that with Mr. Gbagbo now in the hands of the President’s forces any future bloodshed will be avoided. He stressed in particular the need to ensure that there is no retaliation against Mr. Gbagbo’s supporters. In this regard, the Secretary-General welcomed President Ouattara’s call for the immediate establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee.”

The Secretary-General reiterated that those responsible for human rights abuses in Côte d’Ivoire, regardless of their affiliation, must be held accountable.

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