Ivory Coast's Gbagbo negotiating surrender - Outtara aide

5th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Ivory Coast's embattled strongman Laurent Gbago is apparently "negotiating his surrender," Ally Coulibaly, the ambassador to France appointed by his rival Alassane Outtara, said Tuesday.

"I believe Laurent Gbago is alive. I have learned that he is negotiating his surrender," the diplomat said on French radio RFI.

"Abidjan has become a rumour mill and I do not want to add to the disinformation. What I have learned is that since yesterday he (Gbagbo) has been seeking to negotiate. It is not too late," said the diplomat, a close advisor to Ouattara, the internationally recognised president of Ivory Coast.

Coulibaly said he did not know through what channels Gbagbo was negotiating or whether a mediator was involved.

© 2011 AFP

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