Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Remarks on the Situation in Côte d'Ivoire

Q: The election in Côte d'Ivoire produced two different results after December 2. According to the results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission, opposition candidate former Prime Minister Ouattara was elected, but the Constitutional Council declared current President Gbagbo the winner. Both were sworn in on December 4. How do you comment on the current situation in Côte d'Ivoire?

A: China is concerned about the post-election situation in Côte d'Ivoire. Upholding the principle of non-interference in others' internal affairs, China respects the sovereignty of Côte d'Ivoire and hopes that parties concerned in Côte d'Ivoire proceed from the interests of the country and people, keep calm, exercise restraint and properly settle differences and disputes through legal channels and political dialogue, with a view to safeguarding state stability and national unity. China supports mediation efforts of the African Union and relevant African countries in the situation in Côte d'Ivoire and hopes all parties concerned work together to promote the peace process in Côte d'Ivoire and realize its stability and development.

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