Cote d'Ivoire's Gbagbo refuses to sign surrender documents

Other News Materials 6 April 2011 17:39 (UTC +04:00)

The besieged Cote d'Ivoire president Laurent Gbagbo has told a French television station, LCI, that he would not recognize the victory of Alassane Ouattara who is being supported by France and largely accepted by the international community, Xinhua reported.

As the impasse continues in Cote d'Ivoire, "will he or will he not go" is the question that has been lingering for the last 48 hours on the lips of those opposed to Cote d'Ivoire's embattled Gbagbo.

Media reports on Wednesday morning indicated that the bombardments by the United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI) and the French forces against Gbagbo's strongholds have not managed to force him to relinquish power.

Gbagbo therefore vowed not to use his own hands to sign surrender documents drafted by France. The surrender documents require him to acknowledge that Ouattara is Cote d'Ivoire's new president.

Gbagbo's position is the same as that of his close confidants especially his special advisor Alain Toussaint and his government spokesman Ahoua Don Mello.