Putting pressure on Ivory Coast incumbent Laurent Gbagbo to relinquish power after a disputed presidential election, the European Union has agreed to impose sanctions. The move will target Gbagbo and his supporters with asset freezes and a visa ban.
The EU foreign ministers have taken this step after Gbagbo claimed victory in the Nov. 28 vote over challenger Alassane Ouattara, despite Ouattara being declared the winner by the Ivory Coast election commission.
The Council said it will work on targeted measures against those who are obstructing the process of peace and national reconciliation, in particular those who are jeopardising the proper outcome of the electoral process.
Gbagbo has rejected criticism as foreign meddling.
World leaders and regional bodies have recognised Ouattara as president, and the African Union has suspended Ivory Coast until Gbagbo quits.