US calls for peaceful transfer of power to Ouattara

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – US president Barack Obama has expressed the wish to see Alassane Ouattara, he man recognised by the international community as he winner of the controversial 28 November 2010 election, in power in a peaceful transition.

In a declaration obtained by PANA on Thursday, Mr Obama affirms that "it is time that former president Laurent Gbabo took into account his people’s will and completes a peaceful transition that leads Alassane Ouattara into power".

"The efforts made by former president Laurent Gbagbo to cling to power to the detriment of his own country’s stability are a violation of the universal rights of his people and the democracy Côte d’Ivoire deserves," the US president said.

Mr Obama also said his country remained deeply worried about the escalation of violence and aggravation of the humanitarian and economic crisis on Côte d’Ivoire and neighbouring countries.

"I strongly condemn the odious violence against unarmed civilians in Côte d’Ivoire," Obama said.

"I am particularly saddened by the systematic killings of unarmed civilians committed during peaceful demonstrations, including many women, notably those shot during their march to support the legitimately elected president, Alassane Ouattara," he added.

The two protagonists, Gbagbo and Ouattara, who have each claimed each victory in election, have been invited to Addis Ababa but Gbagbo failed to show up.
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10 march 2011 21:07:02

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