No breakthrough in Ivory Coast talks

2011-01-19 11:29

Abidjan - African Union envoy Raila Odinga left Abidjan early on Wednesday saying he had failed to achieve "the necessary breakthrough" in the Ivory Coast political crisis.

Odinga, the Kenyan prime minister, said strongman Laurent Gbagbo had reneged on his promise to lift a blockade on the Abidjan hotel serving as the temporary headquarters of his rival Alassane Ouattara.

Ouattara is recognised as winner of the November 28 presidential election by the Ivory Coast's voting authority and the international community.

  • Pleb - 2011-01-19 12:24

    So what do you expect ?

  • Wow! - 2011-01-19 12:33

    Where to from here. Lets see some effective action from Africa. Make Gbagbo realise that he lost the election. He has been voted out of power by his people. Ensure that he becomes the pariah of Africa and is embargoed everywhere. If need be intervene militarily. When thsi si done - African leaders will start to realise that demogracy si not a - "One man, one vote, ONCE" system and that it is subject to the will of it's voting populace.

  • SaintBruce - 2011-01-19 13:14

    How much more "Talk Talk" is needed. Gbagbo won't go quietly. Perhaps we need more women to be aware that Ivory Coast produces almost half of the world's Cocoa = chocolate products - so maybe then they will pressurise their husbands to 'do something constructive' and take positive action against this embarrasing African despot. I don't see an easy end to this impasse - only violence and more innocents affected. But hey - they say this is the only planet with Chocolate so we need something done and soon. Please.

  • SpeareShaker - 2011-01-19 13:29

    Hey bone heads, its not Gbagbo, can't you see it. Where do you think he gets his confidence? Why don't you see masses demonstrating for Quattarra to be set free? Because the majority ethnic tribe don't want to be ruled by Quatarra, regardless. That is where the problem is. Gbagbo is just a current manifestation of the issue. Even if he left, Quatarra will not rule for a year before a millitary coup removes him. You would have to occupy the coutry and systematically bribe and/or kill the majority tribe for a while and even then your solution will be void of stability. So, what to do, what to do... Perhaps send Saint Bruce at the head of a Mercenary force to protect Quatarra. How about that?

  • SpeareShaker - 2011-01-19 13:33

    But don't say I didn't tell you so on this Odinga mission. It was doomed before he left Nairobi but this shows you the guy's power of political judgement. Did he think that if he told Gbagbo that EcoWas is about ti invade that Gbagbo would quickly throw hands in the air and say "Please grant me Asylum in Kenya? Such naivette is what we have rulling some African countries. Next thing Odinga will start calling himself an 'Elder'.

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