Gbagbo must sign promise to cede power in I.Coast: France

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Strongman Laurent Gbagbo must sign a document promising to cede power in Ivory Coast and recognise Alassane Ouattara as president, France's foreign minister said Tuesday.

France, the former colonial power, said Gbagbo was negotiating a deal to quit after resisting four months of international pressure to hand over authority to Ouattara, the internationally recognized president.

Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said that the United Nations was also insisting that Gbagbo sign a written promise to give up power.


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