Saturday, January 01, 2011

France Blamed for Ivory Coast Crisis

Ivory Coast's incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo has blamed France and other western countries for the ongoing political crisis in the West African nation.

Gbagbo said in an interview aired on Friday that President Nicolas Sarkozy's government was responsible for post-election violence in his ethnically-divided country.

"The EU follows France. In relations between the great powers today, everyone has their area of influence. And when it comes to speaking about the countries of Black Africa, when France talks everyone follows. France interferes in the worst possible way. For all the UN resolutions on the Ivory Coast it was France who wrote the draft. We have disputed this several times," Euronews quoted Gbagbo as saying.

Gbagbo has recently warned that a French-US "plot" was pushing the country towards civil war.'


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