Visitors say Cote d'Ivoire's Gbagbo in "good health"

10:34, May 04, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Cote d'Ivoire's deposed strongman Laurent Gbagbo is in "good health" and in "good spirit," a group of renown figures in the West African country say.

The conclusion was made by the African Group of Eminent Persons after a visit on Monday in the northern town of Korhogo, where Gbagbo is held under surveillance.

"We have met the ex-president Laurent Gbagbo and he seemed to be in good health and in good spirit," the ex-UN secretary general, Koffi Annan, said on Monday at a press conference in the economic capital Abidjan.

Annan made the comments being flanked by former South African Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu and ex-Irish president Mary Robinson.

Gbagbo, who came to power in 2000, was defeated on April 11 when he was arrested by soldiers allied with his presidential rival Alassane Ouattara.

"He said that he was being well treated, that he was eating well and he was sleeping well," Annan added.

The eminent persons asked Gbagbo to support national reconciliation process, the former UN chief told reporters.

"I got the impression that he was a man who understood the prevailing conditions in his country," Annan noted, affirming that Gbagbo indicated that "his desire is to see normalcy restored in the country as soon as possible."

"We are hopeful that he will think about his participation in the national reconciliation process," the ex-UN secretary general said.

In this regard, "he must speak to his supporters to aid the national reconciliation," he said.

Cote d'Ivoire's president-elect Ouattara recently announced the formation of a "Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission" to resolve the differences bedevilling the society and enable the country's citizens to live together.

The Group of Eminent Persons arrived in Abidjan on Sunday.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
BRICS Leaders Meeting 2011
 
Japan in aftershocks
 
     
 
 
 
  Weekly review  
 
April 23   Pictures catch ancient & cultural heritage of a Sichuan town
 
April 28   Will China's rise lead to the decline of U.S.?
April 25   Kunming-Singapore High-Speed Railway begins construction
April 25   Chinese path -- a marvel of world's economic growth
April 23   The week in pictures
April 26   Second excavation to sunken 'Nan'ao No 1' finished
April 27   Guizhou girl designs tea set for Prince William's wedding
April 26   PLA reserve force Type 07 uniform makes debut in Beijing
April 28   Old friends eye for new & higher levels of cooperation
April 29   Shanghai auto show closes
 
     
 
 

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden dead
  • BRICS Leaders' Meeting 2011
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Cuban sets 5th Guinnes record with 81.8 meter long cigar
  • Michelle Obama dances at DC school
  • Barcelona qualify for Champions League final
  • Russian soldiers take part in military parade rehearsal for Victory Day
  • Hamas leader meets with AL chief and Egyptian FM in Cairo
  • Car explosion hits Libyan rebel city of Benghazi
Hot Forum Dicussion