UN Security Council recognizes Quattara as winner of Cote d'Ivoire presidential runoff

09:09, December 09, 2010      

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The UN Security Council on Wednesday welcomed the statement of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Cote d'Ivoire, recognizing opposition leader Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the run-off presidential elections in the country.

The members of the Security Council welcomed the statement of ECOWAS and the African Union to recognize Ouattara as the president-elect of Cote d'Ivoire, the president of the Security Council said in a statement read to the press here.

The statement was issued at the end of the closed-door consultations among 15 Security Council members, ending days of deadlock on how to respond to the post-election political standoff in the West African country.

Choi Youngjin, the UN secretary-general's special representative for Cote d'Ivoire, has said that Ouattara has definitively won the run-off presidential election in the West African country, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here Wednesday.

"Choi said that the will of the people as expressed on the 28th of November is irrefutable," Nesirky said.

Source: Xinhua


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