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Pro-Gbagbo leaders want supporters to lay down their weapons

2011-04-16 12:37:01 GMT2011-04-16 20:37:01(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ABIDJAN, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Pro-Gbagbo leaders has sent out a peace message to the supporters of Cote d'Ivoire's deposed leader to lay down their weapons after several days of resistance.

Secretary General of the Cote d'Ivoire Student Federation (FESCI, pro-Gbagbo student movement) Augustin Mian appealed to his comrades to put down their arms on Friday .

"It's necessary that the hostilities come to an end. I therefore ask those who still have weapons to hand them over to the new authorities," Mian said during a telephone interview with Xinhua.

"Cote d'Ivoire students want a fresh start with the country's new President Alassane Ouattara," he said.

The leader of the Union of Patriots for Total Liberation of Cote d'Ivoire (UPLTCI, pro-Gbagbo movement) Eugene Djue asked all members of the patriotic galaxy (pro-Gbagbo) to lay down their weapons.

"We have lost a lot of lives. We must now stop the hostilities and embark on national reconciliation," Djue pleaded.

Cote d'Ivoire's outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo, his wife and a number of his close confidants were arrested on Monday at the presidential palace by pro-Ouattara forces who were supported by the UN and French Licorne forces after 11 days of resistance.

Some pockets of resistance have been reported in some of the pro-Gbagbo districts in Abidjan, especially Yopougon where youthful militias are still defending the cause of the outgoing president.

The UN estimates that Cote d'Ivoire's four-month-long post- election violence left almost 1,000 people dead.

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