UN presses Ouattara over Duekoue massacre..and then backs him with French helicopters


The UN secretary general has urged Ivory Coast’s internationally-backed president to investigate hundreds of deaths blamed partly on his supporters.

Ban Ki-moon said he was “concerned and alarmed” about the reports, from the town of Duekoue, but Alassane Ouattara said his followers were not involved.

UN forces are now guarding thousands of civilians taking refuge at a church.

In Abidjan, fighting has continued between troops loyal to Mr Ouattara and those of his rival, Laurent Gbagbo.

Pro-Ouattara forces have beaten back Laurent Gbagbo, to a few key locations, but witnesses say the city is now quieter.

Late on Sunday, officials close to Mr Gbagbo said defence chief General Philippe Mangou had left the residence of South Africa’s ambassador, where he took refuge after defecting to Mr Ouattara’s side last week.


It reads like a poorly conceived Hollywood film: A national election in some West African nation goes horribly wrong when the sitting president refuses to vacate his position despite losing at the polls. A bloody standoff between forces loyal to the two politicians ensues, catching hundreds in the crossfire and forcing thousands to flee. The incumbent is supported by the army, the internationally recognised new president by a troop of former rebels.

But contrary to popular (dis)belief, this is no Hollywood film. This, today, is Cote d’Ivoire.

Despite international recognition of his electoral victory, for almost five months Alassane Ouattara remained barricaded in a hotel. That was until the troops loyal to Laurent Gbagbo who had been guarding it fled on Thursday as pro-Ouattara forces made dramatic gains, marching into Abidjan, the country’s commercial capital.

But as the pro-Ouattara Republican Forces (FRCI) claim towns and cities and Gbagbo’s soldiers continue to defect, the UN and Amnesty International are warning that the conflict may soon reach a violent crescendo. This, it seems, is a story that is unlikely to end with a rock song and timely credits.

Since the standoff began, Cote d’Ivoire has been nothing if not a caricature of Africa’s erroneous on screen image.

Continue here: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/04/20114116296998447.html



FRANCE sent hundreds of troops to Ivory Coast and took control of the airport in the main city of Abidjan yesterday after reports that 800 people were killed in a single town during violence over disputed elections.

As fierce gunbattles continued across Abidjan, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon expressed “concern and alarm” about reports of a massacre in the western town of Duékoué, where the International Committee of the Red Cross said at least 800 people had been killed.

Forces loyal to presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara are battling to depose his rival Laurent Gbagbo, who has resisted international pressure to step down after a disputed election that has rekindled a civil war it was meant to end.

Mr Ouattara, who is recognised by the UN as the winner of November’s election, has been confined to a hotel in Abidjan under UN protection for the past five months.


now this story is getting picked up by the world..bit late..you missed the massacre..ouattaras forces butchered 800-1000 gbagbo supporters and whilst asking how this happened the UN decide to back ouattaras side and attack gbagbo, do you really think gbagbo woud kill his own people??..i am not taking sides here but i see some very hypocritical action going on..and the french again..in there stirring the pot..allowing the use of their helicopters to attack gbagabo..wouldnt you need a mandate from the UN to do that?..or is this an african 3rd world country that doesnt need to have international laws govern it?


~ by seeker401 on April 5, 2011.

2 Responses to “UN presses Ouattara over Duekoue massacre..and then backs him with French helicopters”

  1. The French have been used for quite some time to play both sides around the world. Of course, they’re not the only one.

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