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Foreign Secretary William Hague has backed military options to oust the Ivory Coast president after he refused to hand over power in recent elections. But he stressed he was not raising the prospect of British troops being deployed, despite a UK military liaison officer being sent to the troubled west African state. Laurent Gbagbo has refused to cede power to rival Alassane Ouattara, recognised by the international community as having won recent elections. While Mr Gbagbo clings to office and has control of the armed forces, Mr Ouattara is holed up in a hotel with supporters.
Neighbouring states have launched a concerted effort to persuade him to quit, but have also threatened possible military action if he refuses.
Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme if the UK would support such action, Mr Hague replied: 'Yes, in principle.
'They would be well advised to seek the authority of the UN to do that and we would be supportive of that at the UN.'
Originally posted by thoughtsfull
As a Francophone nation does that mean we support France if they go in to help?
Now that is an interesting turn... the French are as equally worried we'll say "stuff you" when it comes to supporting them as we feel the French will do when it comes to supporting us.
Is this the first test of the new treaty with France, and with what, over 49 years to go..
Pushing all that to one side, I hope this gets resolved in a peaceful fashion..