Gbagbo still has fight in him

2011-04-06 17:42

United Nations - Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo is still in contact with international representatives about a possible surrender even though his residence is under attack, a UN spokesperson said on Wednesday.

"Discussions continue with the UN using its good offices to the fullest extent possible," UN peacekeeping department spokesperson Nick Birnback told AFP.

A French government source said earlier that negotiations with Gbagbo over him giving up had failed. Forces loyal to internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara have launched an offensive on Gbagbo's residence.

  • Hungwe - 2011-04-06 19:36

    There is simple closure to problems with stubborn dictator's the likes of which Africa has been plagued with for too long now, hiding in the guise of heroic "Leader's of Liberation Movement's" - hand them over to their poverty ridden people who they've robbed and murdered for decades to deal with. In the African way of the 1820s a sharpened stake up the a*se would bring closure very quickly. Bob and mob are you listening? The clock is ticking and tocking, and Chikurubi beckons - the Hague would be a lot more comfortable.

  • Rustique - 2011-04-06 20:13

    Why does UN protect one president when he's holed up and then Colonial French and UN shoot at the other when he's holed up? Seems kind of biased? Could it be that France want's to install their man to continue their role as colonial master?

  • Etienne - 2011-04-07 08:24

    Can we please please please stop calling these degenerates 'strongmen'? Man, sometimes these hackneyed journo-phrases just make me want me want to puke in my soup. What does it even mean? So they'd rather burn their countries to the ground than let go of power - does this make them 'strongmen'? Aowa, save us from dumbass journalists as well as dictators.

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