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Ivory Coast's Ambassador To France, Appointed By Alassane Ouattara, Says Laurent Gbagbo Is Negotiating Surrender

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Internationally recognised leader Alassane Ouattara's FRCI (Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire) soldiers ride an armed vehicle as they prepare at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan on April 3, 2011 for an attack against strongman Laurent Gbagbo's soldiers. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

PARIS -- Ivory Coast's ambassador to France, who was appointed by the country's democratically elected leader Alassane Ouattara, says embattled strongman Laurent Gbagbo is negotiating his surrender.

Speaking Tuesday on France Info radio, Ali Coulibaly did not provide any details about the alleged negotiations, nor did he say where he got the information.

Coulibaly's comments come a day after attacks by United Nations and French forces on Gbagbo's residence, military bases and other targets.

Pro-Ouattara supporters had succeeded in taking nearly the entire countryside last week, but they faltered upon reaching Abidjan, the country's largest city. With the help of international forces, the armed group has pushed its way into the city.

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