Ouattara asks EU to lift sanctions, seeks recovery

ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast's presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara said on Thursday that he had asked for EU sanctions on the main ports and other businesses to be lifted as a first step to bring the country back to normal.
Ouattara said a violent standoff caused by the defiance of Laurent Gbagbo to cede power after losing an election, has plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis.
"I have asked that European Union sanctions on the ports of Abidjan and San Pedro and certain public entities, be lifted," Ouattara said in a speech broadcast on French television channel LCI.
"I have also asked the central bank BCEAO to reopen its branches in Ivory Coast, to ensure a resumption of operations in all banks so as to enable the payment of salaries and arrears in the shortest possible time," Ouattara said.