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 West African leaders meet with Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, right, at the Presidential palace in Abidjan, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, with left ...
 Benin President Boni Yayi, front left, walks with Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Tuesd...
 Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, left, welcomes Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Tu...
 Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, left, welcomes Cape Verde, President, Pedro Pires, front right, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Co...
 Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, Left, welcome Sierra Leone, President, Ernest Bai Koroma, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, T...
 Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, left, welcome Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Tue...
 Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, left,  welcomes Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, centre, and Benin President Boni Yayi, at the Preside...
 Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, left, welcomes Cape Verde President Pedro Pires, right, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Tue...

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West African leaders meet with Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, right, at the Presidential palace in Abidjan, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, with left ...

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Benin President Boni Yayi, front left, walks with Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Tuesd...

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Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, left, welcomes Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Tu...

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Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, left, welcomes Cape Verde, President, Pedro Pires, front right, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Co...

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Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, Left, welcome Sierra Leone, President, Ernest Bai Koroma, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, T...

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Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, left, welcome Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Tue...

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Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, left, welcomes Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, centre, and Benin President Boni Yayi, at the Preside...

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Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, left, welcomes Cape Verde President Pedro Pires, right, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Tue...

West African leaders said Wednesday they will return to Ivory Coast to resume negotiations with Laurent Gbagbo after a first visit failed to force him to surrender the presidency and hand power to the internationally recognized winner of last month's election.
The 15-nation regional bloc ECOWAS had threatened military intervention if Gbagbo did not step aside and allow Alassane Ouattara to take over the presidency.
A delegation of presidents from Sierra Leone, Benin and Cape Verde on Tuesday delivered in person what they called an ultimatum to leave. Gbagbo rebuffed their efforts and did not depart the country into exile with them as had been hoped. Instead of preparing a military strike on Wednesday, ECOWAS blinked and gave Gbagbo _ who has already been president five years beyond his mandate due to chaos in his country _ more time.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, whose country is the biggest player in ECOWAS, said the delegation would return to Abidjan next Monday.
"Whenever there is a dispute, whenever there is disagreement, it is dialogue that will solve issues," Jonathan said in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, where ECOWAS is based. "The dialogue is on. They are encouraging us to go back."
The United Nations declared Gbagbo the loser of the presidential runoff vote held on Nov. 28. The U.N., which was tasked with certifying the results of the election, the United States and other world powers have insisted Gbagbo hand over power to Ouattara.
Gbagbo, however, points to the Ivory Coast constitutional council that said he was the winner. The council, which is led by a Gbagbo ally, made that announcement after throwing out half a million ballots from Ouattara strongholds in the north, saying violence and intimidation directed at Gbagbo supporters meant results from those areas should be invalidated. The top U.N. envoy in Ivory Coast has disputed that assessment.
While Ouattara has gained widespread international recognition and is creating a shadow government from an Abidjan hotel, Gbagbo maintains control of Ivory Coast's security forces.
Gbagbo has been in power since 2000. The election was meant to help reunify a country that was divided by a 2002-2003 civil war into a rebel-controlled north and a loyalist south, but Ivory Coast now stands again at the brink of war.
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Associated Press Writers Bashir Adigun in Abuja, Nigeria contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-07-27 16:18 GMT+08:00