UN chief discusses I.Coast crisis with world leaders

3rd December 2010, Comments 0 comments

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has discussed the mounting Ivory Coast crisis with world leaders, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy and several African presidents, a spokesman said Friday.

Ban was to make a statement on the crisis in Ivory Coast, where a UN envoy has disputed the Constitutional Council's move to name incumbent Laurent Gbagbo as winner of the country's presidential election, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters.

Ban has been "extremely actively involved" in monitoring events in the West African nation, Nesirky told a press briefing.

The UN leader spoke with Sarkozy on Thursday and with African Union commission president Jean Ping on Friday.

He also spoke on Friday with President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, who has been a mediator in Ivory Coast's political crisis, and President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, current chairman of the ECOWAS West African regional bloc, Nesirky said.

Ivory Coast's independent electoral commission said former prime minister Alassane Ouattara won the presidential election. The Constitutional Council rejected its results and backed incumbent Gbagbo.

© 2010 AFP

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