Ivory Coast: Gbagbo camp rejects ECOWAS military threat

25th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo's regime rejected Saturday an "unacceptable" threat by West African leaders to oust him through force, branding it a "Western plot directed by France."

Ahoua Don Mello, spokesman for Gbagbo's government, also warned military action by members of the Economic Community of West African States could put millions of regional immigrants in Ivory Coast in danger.

"The people of Ivory Coast will mobilise. This boosts our patriotism. This strengthens our faith in Ivorian nationalism," he said, a day after ECOWAS leaders demanded Gbagbo step aside or face military intervention.

© 2010 AFP

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