Friday, April 1, 2011

The UN condemns attack on a helicopter of the international mission

The UN condemned the firing by the forces of President-elect of the Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, a helicopter from the international organization's mission in this African country (UNOCI), although it came to impact. "A UN helicopter was shot on Monday while on a reconnaissance flight over the city of Duékoué, west of the country," UN spokesman, Martin Nesirky.

He said the UN mission in the African country said the shots came from the Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (Frei), while stressing the condemnation of the attack and called on the authorities to do everything possible to identify their leaders and pay for it. Duékoué City has been the scene of violent clashes between Frei and loyal to the ruler Laurent Gbagbo, losing the last presidential election and refuses to relinquish power and transfer it to the winner Ouattara.

In addition, Frei took the town of Bondoukou, capital of the region Zanzan, east of the country, bringing to seven the cities under his control since fighting began last December. The UN mission also denounced the killing of a dozen civilians in a shopping mall in Williamsburg, in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, by another armed group related to Gbagbo.

The so-called Armed Forces of Côte d'Ivoire Republican loyal to Ouattara, winner recognized by the UN and the international community of the presidential election held last November in the African country against Gbagbo. UNOCI also reported, according to a statement that another group of youths allied to Gbagbo burned a man in the Riviera area, near Abidjan, as well as others attacked two members of the international mission.

"With the increasing violations of human rights and these barbaric practices, one wonders if President Gbagbo still has control of his forces and his followers," said the UN mission, which said it was "imperative" stop the violence in the African country and find a political solution to the crisis.

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly expressed concern about the Ivorian crisis and the UN Security Council has on the table a draft resolution on Ivory Coast and Nigeria presented by France calling for the sanctions against Gbagbo, his wife Simone and foreign minister, Alcide Djedje, among others.

The document points to Gbagbo as the main responsible for the humanitarian crisis in Ivory Coast and places, alongside four of his associates, as the target of sanctions that include travel restrictions and freezing of financial assets and economic sources of those individuals. The draft resolution accusing Gbagbo of "obstructing peace and reconciliation process" in the country for its refusal to accept the results of the 2010 presidential election.

The international community, the UN secretary general at the head, Ouattara has been recognized as winner of the presidential and has repeatedly called on Gbagbo to leave, something which the latter refuses.

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