Nigeria President and Chairman of the Economic Community of West Africa States,(ECOWAS), Goodluck Johnathan said on Wednesday the three-man Presidential delegation to deliver an ultimatum to embattled Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo to step down or be forced from office by the West Africa bloc, will be returning to Abidjan on January 3, 2011 for further
negotiation. “They came back to give a report, but they are going back”, The ECOWAS boss said. ” People are negotiating. We are discussing. That is why they are going back”. The Nigeria leader did not give details of the negotiation.
Presidents Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone, Boni Yayi of Benin and Pedro Pires of Cape Verde went to Abidjan on Tuesday on behalf of Ecowas to press Gbagbo to cede power to rival Alassane Ouattara, or face regional military action.
According Radio France International, the European Union says it will only accept Ivorian ambassadors named by Alasanne Ouattara and not by Laurent Gbagbo. Meanwhile, three West African leaders who held talks with both presidential claimants on Tuesday have returned to Nigeria, but plan to return to Côte d’Ivoire next week.
“It’s rather surprising that the European Union is doing it because it would usually be regarded as a sovereign right of an individual state,” says Jeremy Black, author of A History of Diplomacy. “There are real practical difficulties here. How you decide that a government is legitimate or not is a real difficulty.”
Ouattara supporters demonstrated at Ivorian embassies in Belgium and Mali on Wednesday morning to demand Gbagbo cede power.
In Brussels, protesters managed to enter the embassy’s courtyard but were prevented from entering the building and in Bamako, about 40 pro-Ouattara supporters briefly occupied the embassy before being expelled by police