Ivory Coast expels British, Canadian envoys: official

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The Ivory Coast government of embattled leader Laurent Gbagbo expelled the British and Canadian envoys after the two countries said they no longer accepted his ambassadors, state television said Thursday.

"Through the application of the principle of reciprocity governing diplomatic relations, the ministry informs Madame Marie Isabelle Massip that her accreditation as Canadian ambassador in Ivory Coast is ended," a government spokesman said.

"For the same reasons, the foreign ministry informs ambassador Nicholas James Westcott that his accreditation as United Kingdom and Northern Ireland ambassador is also ended," he said, reading a statement.

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