Gbagbo minister says in talks over Ivory Coast ceasefire

DAKAR (Reuters) – Ivory Coast incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo’s foreign minister said on Tuesday he is negotiating the terms of a ceasefire after several days of heavy fighting in Abidjan.

“I’m at the residence of the French ambassador to negotiate a ceasefire,” Alcide Djedje said in an interview aired on Radio France International.

Asked if Gbagbo was negotiating his departure he said: “That is another stage that I am not in charge of. We have to wait for the coming hours on that. I had a mandate to negotiate this stage (a ceasefire). Now we have to wait.”

(Reporting by Bate Felix and George Fominyen; writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)

Gbagbo minister says in talks over Ivory Coast ceasefire