ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — A delegation of West African leaders went to Ivory Coast on Tuesday to confront Laurent Gbagbo and demand that he step down from the presidency or face possible regional military intervention.
The presidents of Sierra Leone, Benin and Cape Verde arrived in Abidjan, and are due to meet with Gbagbo at the presidential palace after first speaking with the top UN envoy in Ivory Coast.
The UN was tasked with certifying the results of the election as part of a peace agreement that ended a 2002-2003 civil war. The UN declared that Ouattara won the runoff held one month ago but Gbagbo refuses to concede defeat.
"We are leaving today and returning today after discussions with Laurent Gbagbo of the Ivory Coast and we are sure of getting positive results," Sierra Leone's information and communication minister Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said Tuesday.