Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ouattara calls on the UN and France neutralize Gbagbo militias

.- The French lawyer elected president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, today called on United Nations (UN) and France neutralize the militias of outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo. 'We appeal to the impartial forces of the United Nations Mission to Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI), supported by the French military force Licorne, to immediately remove heavy weapons and neutralize the militias in the pay of Gbagbo.

" In addition 'to bring to justice Gababgo, the defeated candidate against Ouattara, "said Jean-Paul Benoit and Jean-Pierre Mignard, lawyers elected president in a statement published by French media, including the newspaper Le Monde. 'It is the spirit and letter of Resolution 1975 of the Security Council', adopted on 25 March that calls to use 'all necessary measures to protect civilians and prevent the use of heavy weapons against civilians' said Benoit.

This text was written 'by our own initiative, with the agreement of Ouattara', who was presented, said Benoit. Forces loyal to Gbagbo and Ouattara supporters clash in Abidjan from 31 March, but the troops of the outgoing president strongly resist and even strengthened their positions in recent days.

On Saturday, the forces loyal to Gbagbo attacked the hotel Ouattara used as barracks, amid fierce clashes between rival troops prevented the evacuation of diplomats who would carry out French helicopters. However, Ahoua Don Mello, Gbagbo's spokesman, denied this Sunday roundly attacking the Hotel Golf and crossed out those reports of 'show'.

He said the alleged attack with heavy weapons is a 'pretext' for the UNOCI and Licorne French operation could justify a new attack against Gbagbo's residence. The outgoing president last night called for resistance against the bombing and the actions of the French army in Ivory Coast, because ultimately it is the French army to attack.

Gbagbo's forces have denounced what they see as an 'illegal occupation of the port and airport "in Abidjan by French forces carrying out Operation Licorne, in flagrant violation of the mandate given to the UN. France, former colonial power, has reinforced its military force Licorne in Côte d'Ivoire, which has grown from 900 to more than 600 thousand soldiers, whose mission is to assist the UN and protect about 14 thousand French residents in the country Africa.

The power crisis in Ivory Coast began after the second round of presidential elections on 28 November, when Gbagbo refused to admit defeat against Ouattara and cede power, despite strong international pressure.

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