Ouattara urges Gbagbo to step down
Ivory Coast presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara has urged incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to step down despite the latter's new offer for talks, Press TV reported.
"All we're waiting for is for him to go," Ouattara aide Ali Coulibaly told AFP on Tuesday. "We want Gbagbo to go, that's all."
He made the remarks after African mediators announced that Gbagbo agreed to negotiate without preconditions to end peacefully the country's impasse.
"The rest is of no interest to us. Gbagbo is trying to put people's consciences to sleep. His word has no importance of any kind. What does a peaceful solution mean?" the aide said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Gbagbo also accepted to lift immediately the blockade around the temporary headquarters of his rival Ouattara.
The African state has been in turmoil after the November 28 presidential election which both Gbagbo and Ouattara claimed to have won.
The United Nations and the African Union have recognized Ouattara as president.
However, Gbagbo has resisted international pressure to hand over power to Ouattara and sworn in for another term.