Sunday, April 10, 2011

The gbagbistes regain ground in Abidjan

Laurent Gbagbo'm holed up in his residence in Abidjan, the outgoing president of Côte d'Ivoire did more than resist the combined pressure of his rival Alassane Ouattara, the UN and France. French soldiers of the Licorne force has been under fire during an attempted evacuation of embassy staff in Abidjan on the night of Friday to Saturday and responded by destroying an armored vehicle of the pro-Gbagbo said on Saturday the staff of the armies in Paris.

On Friday, the Embassy of France had been hit by two mortars and a rocket "from positions held" by supporters of Mr. Gbagbo, for the second time in less than 48 hours, what gbagbistes forces have denied. The embassy has threatened: "France recalls that pursuant to resolution 1975 the Security Council of the United Nations, the impartial forces (UNOCI UN mission and French Licorne force) are entitled to implement their mandate to prevent use of heavy weapons by all sides in the conflict.

" Witnesses said helicopters from the French Licorne force pounded the area Friday night the residence of the president. Silent since the Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FRCI, Ouattara) came in Abidjan on March 31 after a lightning offensive, RTI has insisted Friday that the regime of Laurent Gbagbo was still in place and invited the population to mobilize in favor of the incumbent.

So Alassane Ouattara, reinforced by the growth of its forces on the ground, had declared the day a "blockade" around the residence of Laurent Gbagbo's supporters have regained the ground last Friday, the UN says. Charles Ble Goude, leader of "young patriots" Laurent Gbagbo on Friday called for an "inter-Ivorian dialogue," in an interview with television channel France 24.

"This is the only way to control this crisis" said Mr Ble Goude, nicknamed "the General of the street" for his ability to mobilize the masses student. In New York, the head of peacekeeping operations of UN peacekeeping, Alain Le Roy said that troops loyal to Laurent Gbagbo had reinforced their positions and were still in possession of tanks and heavy weapons.

In his forces now control fully gbagbistes neighborhoods Plateau and Cocody, where her residence. "Fighting is ongoing but we are facing a stalemate," said Alain Le Roy to the press after briefing the Security Council of developments in Côte d'Ivoire. Alain Le Roy believes that the fighters of Laurent Gbagbo took advantage of the lull on Tuesday, due to negotiations on a possible departure of the incumbent president who seemed so greatly weakened, and become stronger.

"At a time when we talk, they could be very close to the Hotel du Golf", he said, referring to the institution where Alassane Ouattara himself has lived cut off from the second round of presidential November 28, until the arrival of his FRCI in Abidjan. Alain Le Roy has reported movement of heavy weapons to the Cocody district by the Gbagbo camp, denied what Toussaint Alain, adviser to the outgoing president in Paris.

"These are false allegations. The military capabilities of the Ivorian army were destroyed by the bombing of the Licorne force this week," said Toussaint Alain, referring to strikes carried out earlier this week by France and 'United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI).

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