Ivory Coast envoy still optimistic talks can succeed
Alassane Ouattara, left, who has been declared the winner of the presidential election, meets with African leaders.
January 4th, 2011
10:36 AM ET

Ivory Coast envoy still optimistic talks can succeed

Talks between Ivory Coast's political rivals and African mediators failed to break a political impasse although the Kenyan leader acting as a special envoy said Tuesday that he remains optimistic that bloodshed can still be avoided.

Alassane Ouattara, the president-elect, will not meet face-to-face with Laurent Gbagbo, the defiant self-declared president, until Gbagbo acknowledges electoral defeat.

"Ouattara has always been clear on this issue since the beginning. He can only meet with Gbagbo once he recognizes him as president," said Patrick Achi, Ouattara's spokesman.

However, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the envoy for the African Union, urged patience in resolving the crisis through negotiations.

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  1. myklds

    G-reedy
    B-arbaric
    A-bominable
    G-ruesome
    O-gre
    must be thrown-out the window.

    January 4, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. myklds

    G-reedy
    B-arbaric
    A-bominable
    G-ruesome
    B-ald
    O-gre
    must be thrown-out the window.

    January 4, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Gebgabaw

      His name is actually synonymous with an Ethiopian word: "Gebgaba" literally means "Greedy"

      January 5, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pop Pop

    Will ww3 start already im bored

    January 4, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |