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UK Foreign Secretary William Hague backs use of military force to oust Ivory Coast president

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posted on Jan, 2 2011 @ 03:48 PM

Foreign Secretary William Hague has backed military options to oust the Ivory Coast president after he refused to hand over power in recent elections. But he stressed he was not raising the prospect of British troops being deployed, despite a UK military liaison officer being sent to the troubled west African state. Laurent Gbagbo has refused to cede power to rival Alassane Ouattara, recognised by the international community as having won recent elections. While Mr Gbagbo clings to office and has control of the armed forces, Mr Ouattara is holed up in a hotel with supporters.
Neighbouring states have launched a concerted effort to persuade him to quit, but have also threatened possible military action if he refuses.
Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme if the UK would support such action, Mr Hague replied: 'Yes, in principle.
'They would be well advised to seek the authority of the UN to do that and we would be supportive of that at the UN.'

Oh dear, another conflict in Africa within our lifetimes, any thoughts?

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posted on Jan, 2 2011 @ 04:41 PM
Oh, here we go again!

Typical warmongering politician, gobbing off about backing military force, but not rushing to the armoury to sign out a weapon!

Come on then Tory boy, we'll be right behind you (I hear you like that?)
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posted on Jan, 2 2011 @ 04:49 PM
As a Francophone nation does that mean we support France if they go in to help?

Now that is an interesting turn... the French are as equally worried we'll say "stuff you" when it comes to supporting them as we feel the French will do when it comes to supporting us.

Is this the first test of the new treaty with France, and with what, over 49 years to go..

Pushing all that to one side, I hope this gets resolved in a peaceful fashion..

posted on Jan, 2 2011 @ 05:05 PM
Once again we see the bilderberg group actions in motion every nation must have a pro-western leader no matter the coast.

Even if it means war in Ivory Coast.

posted on Jan, 2 2011 @ 05:17 PM
Anyone else ever do any background checks on the candidate supported by the International Community? Even just a simple Wikipedia check will pretty much give you the basics to know why he is being so heavily supported. Mr. Ouattra has long worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO). He also considers himself a “Technocrat.

This man is currently being guarded by UN troops in Ivory Coast which have been killing civilians. The current President has ordered that all French UN troops leave immediately, I do not believe they have or even will. This is the perfect example of the international elite choosing their candidate, having international election boards agree with the big western nations, then call for international force to establish the person they have chosen.

You just wait until this is over, we will see who wins. Ivory Coast or the International Elite, this right here is pretty much the perfect poster child for the events of our world and could be a turning point in what we know and the proof we need to verify without a doubt who is really in control.

posted on Jan, 2 2011 @ 05:18 PM

Originally posted by thoughtsfull
As a Francophone nation does that mean we support France if they go in to help?

Now that is an interesting turn... the French are as equally worried we'll say "stuff you" when it comes to supporting them as we feel the French will do when it comes to supporting us.

Is this the first test of the new treaty with France, and with what, over 49 years to go..

Pushing all that to one side, I hope this gets resolved in a peaceful fashion..

I was thinking about that, we did just sign a military pact with France didn't we? I hope this isn't the start of the UK's Vietnam

posted on Jan, 2 2011 @ 05:25 PM
To clear things up for some people whom seem to confused about what is going on. The guy in power Gbagbo lost the election but, refuses to leave offiice. The people are mad and civil war is likely to break out soon. ECOWAS (a group of regional African States) has threatened military action to remove Gbagbo from power before the country desends into civil war. The UK and the West have said they do not have an issue with ECOWAS using military action to resolve the issue. Do not expect to see any Western Power get involved unless a civil war starts before the African nations can act.

posted on Jan, 2 2011 @ 05:33 PM
reply to post by MrSpad

Thanks for that, made it clearer for me at least.

Quite a relief to I suppose as we dont need another country (France) dragging us into wars that should be nothing to do with us. We already have America for that.

posted on Jan, 2 2011 @ 05:41 PM
We won't be getting involved in anything.

We will support military intervention by neighouring African nations in any UN debate or resolution etc.

Nothing more, nothing less.

posted on Jan, 2 2011 @ 06:11 PM
The African Union has a standing military intervention force to use in cases like this.

Hague is commenting on supporting the AU should it go for the military action.

As I understand it three seperate African leaders have been to see the guy who won't leave power, and have failed to persuade him to stand down. After that it gets silly, and the guns come out.

Hopefully he'll see sense in the near future before the bullets start to fly.

posted on Jan, 2 2011 @ 11:29 PM
Question for peeople.

Why is it bad if Nations take a stand againt the opression of a people? Im not looking for any single US or UK counterargument, but in general.

The people of that nation when to the ballot boxes and voted in a new president. The current leader is throwing that out the window, ignoring the will of the people.

Why is it not an issue that a coup is taking place and the will of the people have been ignored?

posted on Jan, 3 2011 @ 12:35 AM
Politics is never what it seems in Africa, the land of infinite mineral resources that any man would seek to control her wealth for himself alone.

Ivory Coast was a french colonial outpost. In 1960, it won its independence by its leader .Houphouët-Boigny, not by bloodshed, but due to a time and age of post ww2 french political conscience to give up its terrorities. The leader kept a strong relationship with the french, believing that France, being an advance nation, had the power to uplift his largely uneducated nation.

The French may had given up on the territory, but their biz corporations had never given up on its wealth, and maintained a corrupt stranglehood over the lives of the common ivorians and business. Where in other African states the colonialists were kicked out, the french were welcome there.

The leader ruled authoritarianly, with french backing, and was seen as corrupt. Soon students had enough of him and the army staged a coup against him in 1999, installed their own choice, General Robert Guei. In 2000, Gbagbo won th election for a term of 5 years. Crime and corruption went down.

But strangely, 2 years later, a civil war broke out between the norther and southern territories that lasted 5 years. Although many causes had been attributed, such as ethnic discriminations, military demobilisation, etc and anything else under the sun, was it because corruption had been wipe out, and thus those who seeked to corrupt others for wealth wanted the nation fragmented?

The french army had been involved in the civil war, but was claimed to be only protecting their citizens. But arming the rebels is another issue.

The civil war ended when the rebel leader was made the PM.

In an election in the year 2010, Gbagbo lost the election by a slim margin, with Alassane Ouattara, who had been disqualified in the 2000 elections for being a non-citizen, as he hailed from the northern territories, winning this time, admist massive accusations of fraud from the north.

Who is right, and who is wrong, and who had been poking the embers to once again sacrifice the lives of africans on the alter of personal wealth? Ponder upon it as you enjoy your hot chocolate drink, a product that came from the enslaved there.

edit on 3-1-2011 by SeekerofTruth101 because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 03:36 AM
I don't know who really won the election, but more than likely this an issue of who controls the cocoa in the country. Shame.

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