US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on the people of the Ivory Coast to “remain calm and contribute to building a peaceful future for their country”.
Following a meeting she held with her Finnish counterpart Alexander Stubb, Clinton confirmed to reporters that “former President Gbagbo is now in the custody of President Ouattara’s government”.
“This transition sends a strong signal to dictators and tyrants throughout the region and around the world: They may not disregard the voice of their own people in free and fair elections; and there will be consequences for those who cling to power,” Clinton stressed.
She said “we commend the United States, the government and people of France and other members of the international community who have worked diligently to ensure the safety and security of the Ivorian people throughout this crisis”.
She added that “we also call upon all Ivorians to remain calm and contribute to building a peaceful future for their country”.
“Now the hard work begins,” Clinton remarked.
She affirmed “we look forward to working with President Ouattara as he implements his plan for reconciliation, economic development and recovery”.