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1-8 December 2010 - Cote d’Ivoire/Elections - Statements by the President of the Republic and communiqués issued by the Presidency

Communiqué of 8 December 2010 :

President Sarkozy welcomes the unanimous Security Council declaration calling for the election of M. Alassane Ouattara as President of Côte d’Ivoire to be respected.

He thanks President Medvedev, with whom he held a telephone conversation on Wednesday evening, for the help provided by Russia in taking this important stand./.

Presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire - Statement by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic - Bangalore, 4 December 2010

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.

Thank you./.

Communiqué of 3 December 2010 :

The President of the Republic takes note of the statements by the United Nations Secretary-General and his Special Representative in Côte d’Ivoire, in which they confirm the victory of Mr. Ouattara in the presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire.

He pays tribute to the Ivorian people for their responsible attitude respectful of democracy throughout the electoral process which has now ended.

The Head of State congratulates President-elect Alassane Ouattara. He wishes him every success in the high office that the Ivorian people entrusted to him, and welcomes his intention to form a unity government.

The President of the Republic appeals to President Laurent Gbagbo and to all Ivorian military and civilian officials to respect the will of the people, refrain from any action that might provoke violence and cooperate in establishing sustainable reconciliation, peace and stability in Côte d’Ivoire.

Communiqué of 2 December 2010 :

The presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire has so far taken place under conditions which are a credit to Ivorian democracy.

The Independent Electoral Commission has meticulously carried out its task and this afternoon its president declared the provisional results of the ballot.

It is now up to the Constitutional Council to declare the final results with strict regard for the will clearly expressed by the Ivorian people. Certification of the results by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative depends on it.

President Sarkozy issues an appeal to the Ivorian leaders and officials concerned to ensure that the electoral process, which got off to such a good start, is swiftly concluded in a climate of calm and a new era of peace and prosperity opens up in Côte d’Ivoire.

Communiqué of 1st December 2010 :

By turning out in very large numbers for the second round of the presidential elections on 28 November, Ivorians have once again shown their attachment to democracy and their wish for Côte d’Ivoire to find lasting peace, stability and prosperity.

The electoral process must now be concluded transparently, calmly and without hindrance. The will of the Ivorian people must be fully respected. It is essential that the Independent Electoral Commission should announce the results within the planned timescale - that is, before this evening.

The President of the Republic calls on all the Ivorian parties to cooperate with the Commission so that it may accomplish its mandate without delay.

The head of State fully supports the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Choi Young-Jin, who is responsible for certifying the electoral process in accordance with the Security Council resolutions

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