UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A key U.N. panel on Wednesday recognized envoys proposed by Ivory Coast’s Alassane
Ouattara, who the United Nations says beat incumbent Laurent Gbagbo in a presidential poll, the French U.N. mission said.
The French mission made the announcement on its twitter page (@franceonu at www.twitter.com), saying the U.N. General Assembly’s Credentials Committee “recognizes the new diplomats of Cote d’Ivoire” accredited by Ouattara’s government.
A Security Council diplomat told Reuters that the U.N. General Assembly was expected to formally approve the decision of the Credentials Committee on Thursday.
Gbagbo has refused to quit following a November 28 election that African countries, Western powers and the United Nations say was won by challenger Ouattara, sparking a political crisis that has killed 50 people and threatens to reignite the country’s 2002-2003 civil war.
The move by the United Nations will serve to deepen the isolation of Gbagbo, who has few supporters across the international community, the diplomat added.
Gbagbo’s ambassador to the United Nations, Alcide Djedje, already has left New York, as have all of his staff, the diplomat said, adding that they had taken computer hard drives from the Ivory Coast mission with them. Djedje is now Gbagbo’s foreign minister.
Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Bill Trott