The U.S. ambassador to the Ivory Coast said Friday international pressure on defeated Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is mounting, and that the “window” for his peaceful departure is closing. U.S. envoy Phillip Carter says the Obama administration is considering additional sanctions on Mr. Gbagbo.
“I think the Africans are looking for whatever means they can to avoid conflict,” said Carter. “They all recognize that the human rights abuses that are occurring in Abidjan and the western part of the country are something that has to be attended to. And the question of accountability is coming up. And so that window for Gbagbo to leave honorably, peacefully, with amnesty – that window’s closing.” Source
Also in the news this week: alleged weapon deals between Côte d’Ivoire and Zimbabwe, main risks in Côte d’Ivoire, and condoms:
United Nations investigating Zimbabwe – Ivory Coast arms trade claims, SW Radio Africa News, Alex Bell
Ivory Coast: A view of the crisis, Ghana Web, Ade Sawyerr
Key political risks to watch in Ivory Coast, Reuters, Tim Cock
Blue Helmet Condoms for Ivory Coast: Make Love Not War, PR Newswire
Also make sure to read “Beware He Who Speaks with Forked Tongue“, a comment of the post 10 reasons why negociating with Gbagbo is becoming impossible published here.