African Group of Ambassadors at the United Nations say a military option against incumbent Laurent Gbagbo by ECOWAS is a “no option”, a statement vindicating President Mills of Ghana on his position in the political stalemate in La Cote d’Ivoire.The position of the Ambassadors was announced following their monthly consultation meeting at the United Nations which was convened on Thursday, January 2011 at the behest of the African Members of the Security Council (Gabon, Nigerian and South Africa).

The ambassadors’ position contradicts that of the Abuja Communiqué’ delivered by the regional bloc, ECOWAS on the political impasse in La Cote d’Ivoire.

President Mills on January 7, 2011 in a media encounter in Accra said a diplomatic dialogue would be the best option in the Cote d’Ivoire impasse, declining to commit Ghanaian troops in support of a possible military intervention to oust Laurent Gbagbo if he fails to cede power.

“As a person, I don’t think that this military operation is going to bring peace to Cote d’Ivoire,” he stated.

According to him, he would not risk Ghana’s internal peace to get rid of Mr. Gbagbo since the country’s military was overstretched.

This attracted lots of criticisms from the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and some Civil Organisations, arguing that it was a diplomatic blunder.

On December 20, 2010, ECOWAS led by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria issued a communiqué threatening to use force to oust beleaguered Laurent Gbagbo from power if diplomatic dialogue fails, giving January 17, 2011 as the deadline.

The deadline has elapsed whilst the solution to the ongoing crisis also appears to be elusive.

The upcoming AU Summit at the end of January 2011 appears to be the final determinant factor of the next line of action to be taken by the African heads of State in an effort to bring to closure the electoral crisis in Cote d’Ivoire.

Whilst the African Ambassadors recognize Mr. Alassane Ouattara as the President-elect of Cote d’Ivoire, the United Nations says it is looking up to ECOWAS and the African Union (AU) to help find an answer to the current gridlock.

However, the position of ECOWAS appears to be unchanged. President Goodluck Jonathan who doubles as Chairman of ECOWAS says it was time to recognize votes in elections since it is the only way democracy could thrive on the African continent.

“We have not changed the position we took during our last Summit,“ Wordstage Newsonline quoted President Goodluck Jonathan as saying adding “It is high time votes are made to count as this is the only way democracy can take root in the continent.”

Ouattara was declared winner by the country’s election commission, but the verdict was overturned by the Constitutional Council, headed by an ally of Gbagbo, citing voting irregularities in some parts of the north.

  1. chris scott says:

    I am so proud of President Mills’ stand re Cote d’Ivoire, In fact, I feel the same way that I did when my homeland Canada did not join the U.S. led coalition in the 2nd Gulf War against Iraq’s Saddam Hussein.


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