Thursday, March 31, 2011

President-elect forces surround Abiyn Ouattara

Violent clashes in Ivory Coast in recent days are rapidly changing political and military balances in the field. Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (Frei) support President-elect Alassane Ouattara are "the doors" of Abidjan. It is the former capital and most populous city, with more than 4 million inhabitants, who until yesterday's pro-Laurent Gbagbo exmandatario-who refuses to relinquish power after losing the November election, deemed "impregnable" .

France has deployed troops on the coast of the former capital, according to. The latest reports said heavy artillery gunfire in the center of the city, and ensure that pro-Gbagbo soldiers are stationed near the presidential palace, according to witnesses cited. In addition, some 5,000 prisoners in the country's biggest prison, also in Abidjan, have escaped after a shootout between activists allegedly Ouattara and officials of the center.

Troops loyal to President-elect also have entered into a major port, San Pedro, where they exit from most of the exports of cocoa, and yesterday consiguieon gain control of the capital, Yamoussoukro. In a speech broadcast on radio and television, Ouattara has said that "despite calls for Laurent Gbagbo and his environment for a peaceful transfer of power, the only answer to this outstretched hand was the violence." Has appealed to the soldiers loyal to Gbagbo to join forces and therefore to the "legality." A number of former generals have followed his recommendation, according to AFP.

In front of the military advance of his opponent, Gbagbo has called for an immediate ceasefire. Exmandatario a spokesman said yesterday that the Army has adopted a strategy of tactical withdrawal, but warned that it could use its "legitimate right of defense." The struggle for control of strategic areas leaving a growing number of victims among the civilian population.

Almost a million people have fled their homes by the violence, mostly in Abidjan, and at least 462 people have died since December, according to the UN. The last of those who have knowledge are 10 civilians killed in Abidjan by Gbagbo's forces while participating in a demonstration for Ouattara, according to a UN report.

International Red Cross warned today that the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, and demanded 17 million euros to meet the displaced. New UN sanctions Security Council UN yesterday unanimously approved a resolution that includes new sanctions against Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to relinquish power.

The 15 members of the highest international security body voted to approve the 1975 resolution proposed by France and Nigeria, which toughens sanctions against Gbagbo and his circle of close associates, while asking you to surrender the power to the winner of the November election, Alassane Ouattara, whom the international community has repeatedly acknowledged as the winner of these elections.

The adoption of the resolution came the same day that the Ivorian capital, Yamoussoukro, fell to the forces of Ouattara. From now on Gbagbo, his wife and co-workers will see their foreign assets frozen, in addition to that imposed a restriction on all foreign travel "for inciting hatred and violence." The document points to Gbagbo as the main responsible for the humanitarian crisis in Ivory Coast.

The text demands the "immediate cessation of violence against civilians" and calls on both parties to "respect the will of the Ivorian people and Ouattara's election as president of the country", as recognized by the Economic Community of West African States ( Ecowas) and the African Union (AU).

The resolution gives "full support" to the United Nations Mission in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) to use "all necessary measures" to carry out its mandate to "protect the civilian population." A president's wife, Simone Gbagbo, who chairs the parliamentary group of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), also is accused of obstructing the peace and national reconciliation process, while he is accused of "publicly inciting hatred and violence.

" Among the other people that focuses on the resolution highlights Djédjé Alcide, who was Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire to the United Nations and currently the head of the Foreign Affairs portfolio in the "illegitimate government of Gbagbo," the draft resolution. The other two employees of Gbagbo to which the United Nations imposes sanctions are Désiré Tagro, who, in addition to participating in that government did not recognize the international community is "involved in the violent repression of popular movements of the past February, November and December "and Pascal Affi N'Guessan, president of FPI.

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