Sarkozy and Ivory Coast's Ouattara hold phone talks: France

11th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Ivory Coast counterpart Alassane Ouattara talked at length on the phone just after the arrest Monday of Ouattara's rival Laurent Gbagbo, the Elysee palace said.

"The French president has just held a long conversation with President Ouattara," said an official in Sarkozy's office, without providing details of the conversation.

Ouattara's forces, backed by French and UN troops, captured Gbagbo in Abidjan at the climax of a deadly months-long crisis in the former French colony.

Gbagbo, who has held power since 2000 and stubbornly refused to admit defeat in November's presidential election, was detained and taken to his rival's temporary headquarters.

© 2011 AFP

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