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ECOWAS criticizes S.Africa warship off West Africa

ECOWAS criticizes S.Africa warship off West Africa

The chairman of West Africa's regional bloc is criticizing South Africa for sending a warship to the region amid Ivory Coast's political crisis.
But the South African government maintained Tuesday it had sent the ship to offer a neutral negotiating venue.
The dispute comes amid a growing rift between African nations on how to resolve the crisis in Ivory Coast.
Incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo has refused to cede power more than two months after the U.N. said he lost the election.
ECOWAS President James Victor Gbeho says the presence of a South African warship complicates the matter further.
But South African defense department spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini says the ship is not supplying military support to Gbagbo or his political rival.


Updated : 2021-10-16 19:39 GMT+08:00