Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on the Situation in Côte d'Ivoire

Q: Ouattara's forces have reportedly launched general offensive recently and made important headway. French and UN forces have launched air strikes against former President Gbagbo's compound. Relevant negotiation concerning the abdication of Gbagbo is underway. What is China's comment on the current situation in Côte d'Ivoire?

A: China follows closely the development of the situation in Côte d'Ivoire. Maintaining that the post-election crisis should be resolved through peaceful means and lamenting the heavy casualties of civilians in the wake of military conflicts, we call upon all parties concerned to pursue ceasefire through coordination and negotiation, so as to realize political reconciliation and national solidarity at an early date.

China is concerned about the current social security situation in Côte d'Ivoire. We hope relevant parties take concrete steps to maintain social order and ensure the safety of civilians including foreign nationals.

China stands ready to work in concert with the international community to play a constructive role for the peaceful development and enduring stability of Côte d'Ivoire.

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