Gbagbo could surrender in hours-French army chief


Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo is still negotiating his departure with the United Nations and could surrender within hours, the head of France’s armed forces said on Wednesday.

“They (negotiations) continued through the night but unfortunately I see no breakthrough for now,” armed forces chief Edouard Guillaud told Europe 1 radio. “Despite that, I believe it is a matter of hours, possibly during the day.”

Strikes against Gbagbo’s camp could resume at the request of the United Nations and if he continued to refuse to step down, Guillaud added.

(Reporting by Brian Love and Nick Vinocur, editing by Tim Pearce)