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Ghana's President Won't Take Sides In Ivory Coast Dispute

Ghanaian President John Atta Mills says war won't solve the leadership crisis in neighboring Ivory Coast. As Bloomberg reports, Mills thinks a threat by West African leaders to forcibly remove Laurent Gbagbo as Ivory Coast's leader could backfire:

John Evans Atta Mills, president of Ghana, speaks at the UN last September. Seth Wenig/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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John Evans Atta Mills, president of Ghana, speaks at the UN last September.

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“I do not think this military option is going to bring peace in Cote d’Ivoire,” he said. “I don’t want to be saddled with problems we cannot solve. We have our own internal problems.”

Ghana lies to the east of Ivory Coast and they share a border that stretches more than 400 miles. As Reuters reports, Gbagbo rejects all international demands he transfer presidential power to the winner of last year's presidential election, Alassane Ouattara. Gbagbo is trying to kick out the British and Canadian ambassadors, but as the Guardian tartly reports, both countries are ignoring his authority and demands. The Canadian foreign minister says Gbagbo's request is 'illegitimate'.