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Tuesday
Apr052011

Leader Considers Surrender as Unrest Continues in Ivory Coast

STP/Getty Images(TAKORADI, Ghana) -- Laurent Gbagbo reportedly participated in negotiating the terms of a potential surrender on Tuesday, signifying a possible turn in the civil war that has consumed the Ivory Coast these past four months.

According to The New York Times, France's foreign minister, Alain Juppe, said that French negotiators were helping broker Gbagbo's surrender on terms backed by the United Nations. According to Juppe, negotiators are trying to convince Gbagbo to sign a document recognizing Alassane Ouattara as the country's legitimate leader.

Although he began participating in talks, and despite the fact his government and armed forces have fallen apart, Gbagbo told French television Tuesday that he had not surrendered.

Even if Gbagbo does step down though, it is unknown if Gbago's supporters would transfer their support to Ouattara. It is also unclear what else besides a signature Ouattara would demand of Gbagbo.
 
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