AU should tell Gbagbo to go: US official

2011-02-03 21:26

Nairobi - An African heads of state panel tasked with finding a way out of Ivory Coast's protracted leadership crisis should ask strongman Laurent Gbagbo to leave power, a top US official said on Thursday.

The African Union last week set up the five-member panel to deliver binding resolutions within a month to Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised winner of the disputed November 28 elections.

"Our position is very clear, which is that we believe that Mr Ouattara won the election and should be the leader of the country," US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg told reporters in Nairobi.

"We hope that the new mission of the AU leaders can make clear to former president Gbagbo that that is the universal view and that the time has come for him to step aside and that is what we support," he added.

A top Gbagbo ally on Tuesday said Burkina Faso's President Blaise Campaore, who is among the panel's five heads of state, was not welcome in Ivory Coast

Other members are presidents of Chad, South Africa, Mauritania and Tanzania.

The panel members are to travel to Ivory Coast at a yet undetermined date to submit their proposals to the rival leaders.

  • Ibo - 2011-02-03 21:34

    Why can’t this talkative US and the west in general tell Mubarak and all tyrants in the Arab world to go?

      Francois - 2011-02-04 09:50

      The talkative US did - read the news.

  • Warren - 2011-02-03 22:01

    The AU is a toothless club. It's main mission seems to be to defend all African tyrants eg Gbagbo, Mugabe etc.

      Simon - 2011-02-04 09:34

      You may as well say it again Warren.DICTOTARS

  • GBOA - 2011-02-04 01:28

    Tell Ghana to go and sleep, week nation has nothing to do to help in I.Coast crises, he already said he will not supply Military to help Ecomog to solve the crises in Ivory Coast, what are they going to do to help now, are they better than other countries who want to suply the amies? Shit!

      ramutlat - 2011-02-04 02:50

      Shit!!! What kind of English is this? Yes, in terms of democracy in Africa, Ghana is the best. Ghana is not corrupt like Nigerians. France people are doing this propaganda because of their selfish interest and you're sitting cyber cafe vomiting nonsense.

  • Ni-hao - 2011-02-04 06:54

    How about the US stay out of other countries problems or do they really want to be attacked again. Who gives a rats ass about what is happening in Africa in anycase. What happens in Africa should stay in Africa. Keep them Human Rights Activists out of Africa also. Africans have a way of fighting it out and that will never change.

  • Francois - 2011-02-04 09:49

    The AU already did, then Zuma came back from his weekend away with his sprawling family and they start all over again.

  • yufanyi - 2011-02-04 10:16

    Africans don't need the US,France to resolve their problems.Let face facts,are people dying in Egypt?are they in Tunisia?But Ivory Coast president is already accused by the west of crime against humanity,the talk of about 100.000 people fleeing the country.What About Egypt,Tunisia,algeria,morocco .Then when there is terrorism orchestrated by Arabs and Muslims or Christian as a way of expressing their anger it a problem.Who is the terrorist or Dictator between France and US when the have to choose countries presidents,provide transitions when the majority of the population wants a resignation,if there was no interest of the US in egypt whic is Israel,what position would he have taking?.Was it suppose to be like that of Tunisia or Ivory Coast?.

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