Ivory Coast: Gbagbo Negotiates Surrender Terms

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After days of heavy fighting, forces loyal to Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo laid down their arms Tuesday, as the country's entrenched leader negotiated the terms of his surrender.

The streets there were quiet as surrender negotiations began. Earlier, troops backing the November presidential election winner Alassane Ouattara seized the presidential residence as Gbagbo's closest aides reportedly deserted him.

Ouattara urged his forces to take Gbagbo alive.

The offensive that began Monday included helicopter missile attacks by French and United Nations forces on the presidential residence, military garrisons, and arms depots. The attack marked an unprecedented escalation in the international community's efforts to oust Gbagbo.

Since November, Gbagbo had refused to give up power, telling CBN News that the election was fixed by rebels, and he wanted to recount.

"Come and seek the truth to come here and to do a recount of the votes," Gbagbo told CBN News earlier this year. "The rebels have given 600,000 votes to my opponent, 600,000!"

CBN News also spoke with Gbagbo's daughter, Marie Singleton,  in the United States.

"So far, nobody has willing to go and recount the votes. They're not willing to see that Ouattara lost the election because they have another agenda," she said. "We are still going to fight for our country. We are willing to fight for our freedom."

Ivory Coast's Supreme Court found that more than 500 polling stations - many in the rebel controlled Muslim north - had not recorded a single vote for president Gbagbo.

CBN News Senior International Reporter Gary Lane documented widespread evidence of voter intimidation and election fraud. He interviewed victims of beatings and rape.

The international community has sided with Ouattara, who will be Ivory Coast's next president.

Lane has been following the events in the Ivory Coast, along with today's events.

"The Christians are very concerned about it because as you know many of the people in the north are Muslim," he said. "But I think it would be a mistake to call this a Muslim versus Christian conflict because it's not. It's more ethnic and more political - the French trying to maintain control of that country their former colony."

Click play below to watch more from Lane on these developments.

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Dale Hurd

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