Clinton, Ouattara Discuss Reconcilation in Ivory Coast

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has held talks with Ivory Coast's president about efforts to heal divisions left by the country's disputed 2010 election.

Clinton met with President Alassane Ouattara Tuesday in Abidjan, during the first visit to Ivory Coast by a U.S. secretary of state in more than 25 years.

The secretary said Ivorians need to see that all atrocities committed during post-election fighting are being investigated, and that perpetrators are held accountable, regardless of which side they supported.

President Ouattara said he assured Clinton of his commitment to equal justice.

Mr. Ouattara won the November 2010 election, but former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede authority. The resulting power struggle ignited a firestorm of violence that left at least 3,000 people dead.

President Ouattara took office in April of last year after pro-Ouattara forces backed by U.N. and French troops forcibly removed Mr. Gbagbo from power.

The trip is part of a four-nation tour of Africa that began Monday in Liberia, where Clinton saw President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf sworn in for a second term. Clinton is also scheduled to visit Togo and Cape Verde.