The Elders in Côte d'Ivoire
In May 2011, following months of post-election violence, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu travelled to Côte d’Ivoire to encourage a process of national reconciliation and healing.
The Elders met the new President Alassane Ouattara and members of his government. They also met former president Laurent Gbagbo who had not been seen publicly since his arrest three weeks earlier. The Elders welcomed the new government's plans to establish a truth and reconciliation commission, but warned that the process should not be rushed and must be inclusive and consultative.