Britain calls for I.Coast to 'respect' Ouattara victory

4th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain called Saturday for "all parties" to "respect" that Alassane Ouattara has won presidential elections in Ivory Coast, as Laurent Gbagbo clung to power.

"The UK is extremely concerned by the unfolding situation in Cote d'Ivoire," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague in a statement.

"The UK calls on all parties to respect the results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission and certified by the United Nations... and to respect the will of the Ivorian people."

Gbagbo is defying calls to step aside, despite the UN and other major powers recognising his rival Ouattara as the country's new president.

"At the request of all parties involved in the elections, the UN have been internationally mandated to support the peace process and certify the elections in Cote d'Ivoire," added Hague in the statement.

"The UK condemns threats made against UN staff, and urges all parties in Cote d'Ivoire to seize the chance to set the country on a course of peaceful and responsible government."

© 2010 AFP

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