The UN Security Council have officially recognized opposition leader Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the presidential elections in the west African country of Ivory Coast.
The recognition of Mr. Quattara came after a similar move by ECOWAS who had suspended the west African country under the leadership of incumbent Laurent Gbagbo from the regional bloc.
"In view of ECOWAS' recognition of Mr. Alassane Dramane Ouattara as President-elect of Cote d'Ivoire and representative of the freely expressed voice of the Ivorian people as proclaimed by the Independent Electoral Commission, the members of the Security Council call on all stakeholders to respect the outcome of the election," KUNA quoted US Deputy Permanent Representative Brooke Anderson, whose country holds the Council's rotating presidency, as saying in a statement after Council closed-door consultations late Wednesday.
"The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest possible terms any effort to subvert the popular will of the people or undermine either the integrity of the electoral process or the free and fair elections in Cote d'Ivoire," Anderson added.
The statement by the UN Security Council adds to mounting international pressure on Laurent Gbagbo to step down and hand over power to the internationally acclaimed winner of last’s month’s presidential election, Mr. Quattara.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS have already recognized Ouattara's victory.
Both Mr. Gbagbo and Mr. Quattara insist they won the presidential election in the french colonized country. Both had sworn themselves in as presidents over the weekend.