Presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire
Ladies and gentlemen,
I’d like to make a statement on the situation in Côte d’Ivoire. The Ivorian people voted in huge numbers and in an atmosphere of calm. France wants to pay tribute to the Ivorians for their responsible attitude, which respects democracy.
The Independent Electoral Commission has announced the results, which signal a clear, indisputable victory for Alassane Ouattara. After verification of the votes, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative confirmed Alassane Ouattara’s indisputable victory. United Nations Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon endorsed the result of the ballot and congratulated President-elect M. Ouattara. Following this, President Obama and the European leaders, like me, saluted Alassane Ouattara’s victory.
An orderly transition must now be organized in an atmosphere of calm. The will of the Ivorian people has to be respected. France, who respects Côte d’Ivoire’s independence, who is a friend of all Ivorians, who didn’t back any candidate, is keen for this election to allow for the lasting establishment of reconciliation, peace and stability which Côte d’Ivoire needs.
I therefore issue an appeal for all the civilian and military leaders and officials to respect the will of the people and refrain from any initiative likely to provoke violence.
Last night I talked at length on the telephone to the United Nations Secretary-General, President Gbagbo and President-elect Alassane Ouattara. I’ll be talking to President Gbagbo again today.
A president has been elected in Côte d’Ivoire; the whole international community and the United Nations have recognized him. M. Alassane Ouattara is President. France supports democracy and the free will of the Ivorian people.