we put on the ground with respect to military might.
Well, right – well, except for, in this case, thepolitical influence doesn’t – which has beenbrought to bear, since December, it hasn’t resultedin Gbagbo leaving, correct?
Well, I think the situation is quite fluid. If you havefollowed the events over the last 24 hours, you know thatAlassane Ouattara’s forces have made substantial gainsthroughout the southern part of the country. In the west,they have made gains along the Liberian border. Theyhave captured the second largest port city of San Pedro.They have captured the ceremonial capital of thecountry, Yamoussoukro. And they have made gains onthe eastern side as well.The only place where there is significant and substantialresistance to the forces of Alassane Ouattara are in andaround Abidjan, and the news that we have is that theforces of Alassane Ouattara are now on the outskirts of the city.
Ancillary to that, there’s some reports that thisconflict could be over in hours or a matter of days.What is your take on that? Obviously, you wouldsupport a complete takeover of Abidjan by theOuattara forces. Also, are you aware of the armychief of Gbagbo taking refuge in an embassy inAbidjan?
Absolutely. We have confirmed reports from the SouthAfricans themselves, who have released a statement that