West African leaders threaten use of force against Gbagbo
December 24th, 2010
03:22 PM ET

West African leaders threaten use of force against Gbagbo

At an emergency meeting Friday, West African leaders warned they will not hesitate to use "legitimate force" if necessary to defuse an escalating crisis in Ivory Coast sparked by incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to cede power.

"In the event that Mr. Gbagbo fails to heed this immutable demand of ECOWAS, the Community would be left with no alternative but to take other measures, including the use of legitimate force, to achieve the goals of the Ivorian people," said a statement issued Friday by the 15-member Economic Community of West African States.

"Against the background of the parlous security situation, the Heads of State and Government hereby instruct the President of the ECOWAS Commission to convene without delay a meeting of the Committee of Chiefs of Defense Staff in order to plan future actions, including the provision of security along the Côte d'Ivoire-Liberia border, in the event that their message is not heeded," the statement said.

The regional bloc, which has already urged Gbagbo to acknowledge the results of Ivory Coast's presidential election and hand over power to his challenger, Alassane Ouattara, called an emergency meeting in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

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  1. Li

    Ivory cost is such a beautiful country when do black people going to learn? Please Jehovah let thy kingdom come

    December 25, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    It seems as though there is always a flareup (sorry I know the word is insufficient) in Africa. It's just a new country involved. I think the current situation is being handled the way it should be.
    A group of well managed countries recognizes a problem exists in a nearby country. They are uniting together to solve the problem. This is good.
    In the past, countries have stood by and erroneously done nothing as if the situation would have a good ending because those who are bad are left to do bad things to the innocent.
    President Obama should be montoring the situation and be prepared to provide arms to those countries united in removing the defeated Ivory Coast leader. With assurances that this is a temporary occupation.

    December 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    Another day has passed and President Obama has done nothing!
    The Xmas day bomber
    The Gulf oil spill
    The Haiti Earthquake
    The Iranian Revolt
    The Ivory Coast Incursion
    All examples of this cowardly fuk Barack Obama sitting with his finger up his as/s! He is incapable of making a decision. What a pathetic man! Please someone shoot him.

    December 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. helenhull102951

    I have to agree with Jim, he's right... Someone PLEASE,PLEASE,AND PRETTY PLEASE SHOOT THE TURD!!! And don't forget his Buffalo looking and Gorilla inbreed wife!!! *Wayne*

    December 27, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      helenhull: racist comments not appreciated.

      Jim: allusions to shooting the president are, I'm fairly certain, not covered by Freedom of Speech


      January 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MJF

    Phil... well you know what fault that is actully... its the African Leader's fault, for not saying "NO"... why don't these leaders tell these corporations to "screw off, get off our land" well because they don't care.. African Leaders will do anything to get money in there pocket.... they don't care about a "better africa"... but "more money"

    I don't blame the corporation's... honestly.. call me dark-hearted but., what there really doing is exploiting the weakness of African Leaders...

    January 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
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