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Ivory Coast Civil War May Erupt - Annan Wants Thousands Of Reinforcements

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posted on Jan, 17 2006 @ 06:29 PM
And here is the latest from BBC. They say the peace process has been put on ice and the Ivorian Popular Front accuse the UN of carrying out a "constitutional coup d'etat"...

BBC: Ivory party quits peace process

The ruling party in divided Ivory Coast says it is pulling out of both the transitional government and talks on the divided nation's future.

The Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) accused the international community was carrying out a "constitutional coup d'etat".

Schools and shops were again closed in the city centre on Tuesday while UN vehicles were stoned. Tear gas was fired after crowds broke through the outer fence at the UN compound.

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[edit on 2006/4/23 by Hellmutt]

posted on Jan, 17 2006 @ 06:42 PM
I have Friends who Went to Africa. To teach The Natives about proper irrigation And Crop Rotation. (Sierra leone')

Two years he Tried, And then he went home in Failure.

Why? Because They Have Farmed a certain Way for hundreds of Years. And would rather "Starve" then learn new ways of Living.

They Do not want to Change. Period.

If They want help, They will "Ask for it.". If Not, They will Fight you.

No matter if You are the UN, France "legioneire's", or US imperialists.

(Its Funny, The UN Cries Fowl over Iraq. But then Wants To do the same thing For a African Country. That Does not Want them There!)

posted on Jan, 18 2006 @ 06:45 PM
Good point, msnevil. I agree with you.

Here is an update on the situation. Protesters took over the state television and broadcast calls for mass anti-UN demonstrations.

Cote d'Ivoire: Five Killed, Peacekeepers Beat Retreat on Third Day of Anti-UN Protests (

UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

January 18, 2006

Five people were killed and hundreds of UN peacekeepers forced to abandon base on Wednesday as anti-UN protests swept government-held southern Cote d'Ivoire for a third straight day. After repeated attacks on UN compounds, vehicles and offices, a UN official said civilian personnel were being concentrated in central locations. "The security of staff remains our primary concern," he said. As angry protesters loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo took over state television and broadcast calls for mass anti-UN demonstrations in the street, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who also heads the African Union, flew in to help defuse the sudden crisis shortly before nightfall. The main city Abidjan was paralysed for the third straight day by road blocks thrown up by angry youths loyal to Gbagbo.

A spokesman for the New Forces rebel movement, Sidiki Konate, meanwhile warned that the country was on the edge of war and said the UN withdrawal from Guiglo and Duekoue meant local populations had been left with no protection. "If the UN leave Duekoue, if they leave Guiglo, then what about the population that are left behind? We are left on the brink of civil war!" he told IRIN. "This is not just about UN soldiers. This is about the lives of millions of Ivorians that the UN are supposed to be protecting."

At a hillside hotel transformed into UN headquarters, UN troops fired tear gas grenades and live bullets to warn off a crowd of protestors that has swollen from several hundred in the morning by over a 1,000 by the afternoon.

posted on May, 21 2006 @ 04:44 AM
They are collecting weapons in Cote d'Ivorie (Ivory Coast), or at least they try to. There are lots of weapons there. Some of the weapons are leftovers from the wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone. There are going to be elections in Cote d'Ivoire in October.

BBC: Slow start to Ivorian poll plan

A disarmament and identification programme in Ivory Coast, aimed at ensuring free and fair elections in October, has got off to a slow start.

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COTE D'IVOIRE: Spread of Light Weapons Reaches "Worrying Proportions" (IPS)

Efforts to identify potential voters and disarm combatants are expected to begin Thursday in strife-torn Côte d'Ivoire, in preparation for elections that must take place by the end of October. However, the guns held by rebels and fighters that support the government aren't the only weapons giving cause for concern. There is also alarm about the spread of illegal small arms in this West African country. The proliferation of light weapons has reached worrying proportions in Côte d'Ivoire," says Ali Ouattara, president of the Ivorian chapter of Amnesty International.

Noted Justice Minister Mamadou Koné, "It stems from the porousness of borders that characterises the countries of our sub-region, and is linked to different armed conflicts which preceded the Ivorian crisis." This was in reference to Liberia and Sierra Leone, which experienced lengthy civil wars between the end of the 1980s and the early years of this century. Weapons used in these conflicts could easily be taken across frontiers to be placed in service elsewhere.

"We must fear the worst. With armed, organised gangs in the west of the country, one is sure of nothing and the worst could happen at any moment," Colonel Alexis Ahipeaud, an expert in military strategy based in Abidjan, told IPS.

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