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"Ivoirians can breath a deep sigh of relief"

Publicerat måndag 11 april 2011 kl 17.35
The Ivory Coast's former president, Laurent Gbagbo. Photo: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba

As strongman and former Ivory Coast president, Laurent Gbagbo, was captured Monday, Pierre Schori, a Swede and former UN special representative to the African nation, welcomed the news.

"If the information is correct, many Ivoirians and Ivory Coast residents can breath a deep sigh of relief," Schori told news agency TT, "because Gbagbo is, in fact, the leader of the illegal violence that has been carried out against Ouattara, the legal president."

But even though Schori sees Gbagbo's arrest as positive, he believes that a very difficult time awaits Ouattara's government and people, especially when it comes to reconcillation, and getting the economy and life back on track.

He also cautions that depending on how the situation develops, Gbagbo loyalists could still carry out violence.

Swedish foreign minister, Carl Bildt, tweeted, "Good news from Abidjan this afternoon. Otherwise this is a commodity in distinctly short supply these days."

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