Ghana says Gbagbo capture should end “bloodletting”

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana has said the capture of outgoing Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo should end the bloodletting and human suffering in the country.

Foreign Minister Muhammad Mumuni said in an interview on an Accra radio station that Monday’s turn of events in its western neighbour was a “welcome relief” and a good signal for forces loyal to the former president that the end has come.

Gbagbo, who disputes that his bitter rival, Alassane Ouattara, won the November presidential run-off, refused to give in to international demands that he relinquished power, saying he was the true victor at the polls.

Events turned bloody in fighting between his forces and those of Ouattara, who entered the main Ivorian city of Abidjan at the end of March, but could not dislodge Gbagbo’s forces which resolutely defended key installations like the presidential palace, the state television station
and barracks.

French forces eventually helped in the final assault of the presidential palace, where Gbagbo and his wife were captured from a bunker.

Mumuni said diplomacy could still have been given a chance to succeed, adding that the capture of Gbagbo was at a huge loss of lives, an influx of refugees into neighbouring countries, internal displacement of Ivorians and suffering of the people.

The Foreign Minister noted that the results of the elections meant that Gbagbo has considerable support and called on forces loyal to Ouattara to handle the former president with dignity and respect.

Ouattara has called for an end to the fighting and said the justice minister was to start legal proceedings against the former president.
-0- PANA MA/SEG 12April2011

12 Abril 2011 12:55:11




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