France's foreign minister says United Nations and French negotiators are requiring Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo to agree in writing that he is leaving power.
Alain Juppe said Tuesday that fighting in Ivory Coast had stopped and negotiations are now under way on Gbagbo's departure.
Juppe told French legislators he had spoken to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and they agree that "the departure of Gbagbo be preceded by the publication of a document with his signature in which he renounces power."
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PARIS (AP) _ Ivory Coast's ambassador to France, who was appointed by the country's democratically elected leader Alassane Ouattara, says embattled strongman Laurent Gbagbo is negotiating his surrender.
Speaking Tuesday on France Info radio, Ali Coulibaly did not provide any details about the alleged negotiations, nor did he say where he got the information.
Coulibaly's comments come a day after attacks by United Nations and French forces on Gbagbo's residence, military bases and other targets.
Pro-Ouattara supporters had succeeded in taking nearly the entire countryside last week, but they faltered upon reaching Abidjan, the country's largest city. With the help of international forces, the armed group has pushed its way into the city.