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Mbeki meets Gbagbo in IvoryCoast

05 December 2010, 18:34

Abidjan - South Africa's former leader Thabo Mbeki held emergency talks on Sunday with Ivory Coast's incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo to try and resolve the crisis after a disputed presidential election.

Mbeki was dispatched by the African Union to mediate in the dispute after both Gbagbo and his rival Alassane Ouattara declared themselves president following the election, which has been marred by deadly violence.

"We have just been meeting President Gbagbo," Mbeki said after his delegation came out of talks at the presidential residence in Abidjan.

"We are now going to meet Alassane Ouattara because we need to hear what he has to say," he said, adding that he had also met with the UN representative in the country, Choi Young-jin, who has backed Ouattara in the dispute.

"We want to hear everybody's point of view in this matter before making any recommendations about what to do," Mbeki said.



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