Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham said that former President Gbagbo's illegitimate regime does not have the authority to act on behalf of the Ivorian state.
Following the announcement, the Minister for Africa said:
“The UK Government strongly condemns the announcement by the Gbagbo regime that it intends to nationalise the international banks operating in Cote d’Ivoire, including UK bank Standard Chartered. Former President Gbagbo’s illegitimate regime does not have the authority to act on behalf of the Ivorian state. These illegal attempts to take control of private banks will only prolong the suffering of the Ivorian people. We call again on him again to recognize the election results and stand down immediately”