In the Ivory Coast confusion surrounds the position of Laurent Gbagbo. The United Nations and France maintain his departure is being negotiated.
Gbagbo has denied that, reiterated he is the winner of last Novembers election and suggested talks with his rival, Allassane Ouattara.
The message from the international community is in stark contrast.
“I hope that as soon as possible, Gbagbo will accept reality, that he is isolated and must recognize that the only legitimate and legal President of Ivory Coast is Alassana Outtara,” said French foreign minister, Alain Juppe.
And when can Outtara expect to take the reigns of power in this country. Despite the claims of a surrender by the UN, Gbagbho’s supporters are in trenchant mood.
“Why should he surrender and to whom? And in the name of what? President Gbagbo is the president of a country which is attacked by France who has decided since Monday evening to attack strategic sites, both civilian and military. It is not when the tide is coming in that the captain of the ship leaves,” stressed Toussaint Alain Gbagbo’s special adviser.
When UN and French helicopters attacked Gbagbo’s stongholds earlier it was dubbed the final attack.
While its understood the the fighting in Abidjan has stopped, for the moment President Laurent Gbagbo remains defiant.