Ghana president says 'no' to troops in Ivory Coast

The president of Ghana says his country is not able to send troops to help oust the sitting president of Ivory Coast who is unwilling to cede office after losing last month's presidential election.

The internationally recognized winner of the race Alassane Ouattara has appealed to ECOWAS, a regional bloc of 15 West African countries, to use force to remove incumbent Laurent Gbagbo. The body is considering mounting an armed intervention but the move is controversial since it could entail mass casualties.

Ghanaian President John Atta Mills said Friday that he backs ECOWAS's decision to send a force, but his troops are overstretched due to other peace missions.

Mills also said that it was not for his country to decide who is president.

The U.N. confirmed Ouattara as Ivory Coast's president.