Ivory Coast’s President Gbagbo says war is over
Tiebissou, Ivory Coast - Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo said the dismantling of a military buffer zone on Monday underlined the war in the West African nation was over and that the country was being reunited.
"The country is being reunited, the war is over. Dear friends and compatriots, the war is over," Gbagbo said as he and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, a former rebel leader, inspected the first joint parade of government and rebel forces since a 2002/2003 civil war split Ivory Coast in two.
After the parade in the capital Yamoussoukro, Gbagbo and Soro watched U.N. forces start pulling back from a buffer zone checkpoint at Tiebissou under a peace plan for the world's top cocoa producer that the men signed last month.