Saturday, April 2, 2011

Security Council approves sanctions on Ivory Coast

The Security Council today approved a series of sanctions against the regime of de facto president, Laurent Gbagbo, who was urged to leave office immediately. Approved unanimously, sanctions require a ceasefire, a freeze on assets of Gbagbo as well as restrictions on travel abroad for the de facto ruler, his wife and three of his closest collaborators.

The Security Council of United Nations (UN) "condemns in the strongest terms the increase in violence in the country, which could amount to crimes against humanity." The paper also found that the UN mission in Ivory Coast 'use all necessary means to fulfill its mandate to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence.

" The resolution was passed after repeated calls by the Security Council and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Gbagbo to respect the outcome of the elections held on 28 November. The elections, which gave the victory to Alassane Ouattara, were validated by the African Union, European Union, the United States and United Nations.

The hostilities in the African nation, which began five months ago, has displaced a million people fleeing violence and 500 deaths. According to press reports, the death toll increased in recent days, after artillery attacks by forces loyal to Gbagbo against civilians. The Security Council determined that "the situation in Côte d'Ivoire continues to pose a threat to international peace and security."

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