Cote d'Ivoire: Travel Restrictions

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 21, 2010

The Secretary of State on December 21, 2010 imposed travel restrictions to the United States on members of Laurent Gbagbo’s regime, as well as other individuals who support policies or actions that undermine the democratic process and reconciliation efforts in Cote d’Ivoire.

The citizens of Cote d’Ivoire expressed their will in elections on November 28, with results which were widely declared by accredited, credible international observers to be free and fair. Gbagbo’s efforts to remain in power despite the expressed will of the Ivoirian people for Alassane Ouattara to be president threaten to compromise years of reconciliation and peace-building efforts on behalf of the Ivoirian people.

PRN: 2010/1847