Forces loyal to Ivory Coast ’s Laurent Gbagbo surrendered and the former president began to negotiate his exit from power with the United Nations, a day after French and UN forces bombed his last strongholds in the commercial capital, Abidjan.
The capture of Ivory Coast’s former leader Laurent Gbagbo may mark the end of 11 years of conflict that culminated in a battle for the largest city, Abidjan, stalling the economy of the world’s largest cocoa producer.
An agreement to update 24-year-old United Nations telecommunications rules was approved against the opposition of countries including the U.S. and the U.K., whose officials walked out on the talks on concerns about Internet regulation and censorship.
The radio station controled by the United Nations’ mission in Ivory Coast , ONUCI FM, was banned from broadcasting by incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo , according to a decree read on state-owned television.
United Nations and French helicopters opened fire on the residence of Ivory Coast’s former leader, Laurent Gbagbo , and the offices of state television in the city of Abidjan, according to eyewitnesses.