Thursday, January 20, 2011

U.N. to send more peacekeepers to Ivory Coast

Civil war anyone? If the Ivory coast ever pops it is going to be a mess, and the U.N. will loose control so fast it will make your head spin.

"allegations that the armed forces and militia groups that back opposing camps in the current political crisis are arming ethnic groups allied to each camp."

The Washington Post
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to reinforce the U.N. mission in Ivory Coast with 2,000 additional peacekeepers, escalating an international campaign to pressure the country's longtime ruler to step down from power.

The council's action came as another round of African Union mediation failed to dislodge Prime Minister Laurent Gbagbo, who was defeated Nov. 28 in a U.N.-certified runoff election by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara.

U.N. officials warned that the ethnically divided West African country - which emerged only seven years ago from a bloody civil conflict between Gbagbo's army and rebel forces - could return to war.

"We remain gravely concerned about the possibility of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing in Cote d'Ivoire,"

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