Thursday, March 31, 2011

Côte d'Ivoire: UN imposes sanctions on Gbagbo

Forces acknowledged by the Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara international community have intensified their pressure on Wednesday the outgoing government of President Laurent Gbagbo in taking the political capital Yamoussoukro. The fall of Gagnoa (center-west), its stronghold in the heart of his native region, and the entry of fighters pro-Ouattara San Pedro (south-west), the first port of export of cocoa in the world, are of other setbacks for Mr.

Gbagbo. After a silence of several weeks, the outgoing president would address the nation in the evening, according to state television. But this highly anticipated speech was postponed without explanation. Diplomatically isolated and economically strangled, his power has never been threatened, and his forces retreated on the economic capital Abidjan, where tension mounted.

It "urges" Laurent Gbagbo "to immediately withdraw" in favor of his rival, the internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara. In the resolution, the Security Council gives its "full support" to UN forces in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) to use "all necessary measures" to ensure their mandate to protect civilians and prevent the use of heavy weapons against the civilian population.

"Everything is OK, the bus station, the police are occupied by republican forces. We no longer see the SDS," the Defence Forces and security loyal to outgoing president, also said a resident contacted by the telephone. Other residents confirmed the control of the political capital, with over 200,000 inhabitants, showing scenes of jubilation in the streets.

On the third day of their offensive against the forces supporting President Gbagbo, Ouattara camp has asked its rival to disarm. Monday and Tuesday, the towns of Duekoue, Daloa, Bondoukou and Abengourou were successively fell, paving the way for a move towards the south and Abidjan, the economic capital.

"Three quarters of the Ivorian territory are now in the hands of Republican Forces, they are forces of liberation," he said on RTL Ambassador of Cote d'Ivoire in France named by Alassane Ouattara, Ally Coulibaly. "The Republican Forces (...) will do everything possible so that there is no civil war," he said.

The leader of the Young Patriots had called there about ten days the young people to enlist in the army of Mr Gbagbo. The enrollment began operations Wednesday morning. The spokesman called a "diversion" the call to "cease fire immediately" and the dialogue launched Tuesday evening by the Gbagbo camp.

"The republican forces play their role in securing the country," she added. Tuesday night, the spokesman for the Gbagbo government had said that his camp was ready "to open dialogue." "We received a letter from us inviting the African Union in negotiations within the framework of the African Union, 4 to 6 April in Addis Ababa.

We have not yet responded, but there is no reason to deny an opportunity for dialogue, "he added. Regarding the invitation, the spokesman of Alassane Ouattara said: "It is the Chairman Ouattara to enjoy." Since the launch of the offensive by the forces Ouattara, the African Union, which recognizes the victory of Mr.

Ouattara, was not expressed.

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