Vote on Ivory Coast sanctions expected at U.N.: envoys

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Posted: Mar 30, 2011 2:41 PM
Vote on Ivory Coast sanctions expected at U.N.: envoys

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council will meet at 5:00 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) on Wednesday to discuss Ivory Coast and vote on a resolution imposing sanctions on Laurent Gbagbo and his inner circle, diplomats said.

The French-drafted resolution, obtained by Reuters, echoes previous U.N. calls for Gbagbo to step down, forbids heavy weapons, and provides for travel bans and asset freezes on incumbent leader Gbagbo and his close associates.

An annex to the draft lists the associates as Foreign Minister Alcide Djedje, Gbagbo's wife and senior figure in the Ivorian Popular Front, Simone Gbagbo, the front's chair Pascal Affi N'Guessan, and the secretary-general of Gbagbo's presidency, Desire Tagro.

The United Nations and African organizations say challenger Alassane Ouattara defeated Gbagbo in presidential elections in the West African country, the world's leading cocoa producer, last November. But Gbagbo says he won and has refused to quit.

(Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Doina Chiacu)