On April 11, 2011, President Barack Obama released the following statement on events in Côte d'Ivoire:
"The United States welcomes the decisive turn of events in Côte d'Ivoire, as former President Laurent Gbagbo's illegitimate claim to power has finally come to an end. This represents a victory for the democratic will of the Ivoirian people, who have suffered for far too long through the instability that followed their election. Today, the people of Côte d'Ivoire have the chance to begin to reclaim their country, solidify their democracy, and rebuild a vibrant economy that taps the extraordinary potential of the Ivoirian people.
"In the four months that have passed since Alassane Ouattara was elected President, the United States and international community have strongly supported the results of Côte d'Ivoire's democratic election, and the right of the Ivoirian people to determine their own destiny. These results came after several years of support by the international community for Côte d'Ivoire's peace and democratic processes. The United Nations Security Council, members of the African Union, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have all worked to advance the goal of a democratic Côte d'Ivoire in which the rule of the people is stronger than the rule of one man. The United States commends the United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire and French forces for the actions that they have taken to protect civilians.
"For President Ouattara and the people of Côte d'Ivoire, the hard work of reconciliation and rebuilding must begin now. President Ouattara will need to govern on behalf of all the people of Côte d'Ivoire, including those who did not vote for him. All militia groups should lay down their weapons and recognize an inclusive military that protects all citizens under the authority of President Ouattara. The victims and survivors of violence deserve accountability for the violence and crimes that have been committed against them. The international community must continue to support the people of Côte d'Ivoire as they turn the page to a more hopeful and democratic future. In that effort, a democratic Côte d'Ivoire that respects the rights of its people will always have a friend in the United States of America."
Before delivering remarks with Finnish Foreign Minister Dr. Cai-Goran Alexander Stubb, Secretary Clinton commented on the situation in Côte d'Ivoire. The Secretary said:
"...This transition sends a strong signal to dictators and tyrants throughout the region and around the world: They may not disregard the voice of their own people in free and fair elections, and there will be consequences for those who cling to power.
"We commend the [United Nations], the government and people of France, and other members of the international community who have worked diligently to ensure the safety and security of the Ivoirian people throughout this crisis. We also call upon all Ivoirians to remain calm and contribute to building a peaceful future for their country.
"Now the hard work begins. We look forward to working with President Ouattara as he implements his plan for reconciliation, economic development, and recovery."