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Saturday, April 2, 2011

By Aislinn Laing, Africa Correspondent

Gbagbo's residence and searching the compound for his bunker.

The last-ditch effort to bring the standoff to an end came after Mr Gbagbo refused to sign a UN document acknowledging the internationally recognised Mr Ouattara had won the election in negotiations on Tuesday.

"I do not recognise the victory of Ouattara. Why would you want me to sign this?" Mr Gbagbo told France's LCI news channel.

"We are not at the negotiating stage. And my departure from where? To go where? For peace to return to Ivory Coast, I and Ouattara, the two of us have to talk."

A French government source told the country's Liberation newspaper that Mr Gbagbo also tried to impose the conditions that he be allowed to stay in Ivory Coast, he wanted United Nations protection and he wanted to keep his residence in the Abijdan suburb of Cocody.

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