Gbagbo negotiating surrender, says Ouattara ally

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Posted: Apr 05, 2011 3:42 AM
Gbagbo negotiating surrender, says Ouattara ally

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.