Ivory Coast crisis could be over within hours: France

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The deadly crisis pitting embattled Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo against his rival for the presidency could be over in a matter of hours, French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said Tuesday.

"We are in a situation that could be resolved in the coming few hours," Longuet told journalists.

"The use of force is not reasonable. This is what has been shown by UNOCI (the UN peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast) and which must convince Laurent Gbagbo and especially his friends to accept the decision of universal suffrage recognised by the international system."

© 2011 AFP

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