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    UN Forces Attack Cote d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast, Africa.

    Libya was so last week...


    Obama's UN Czar Launches War on Ivory Coast

    The United Nations and France went on the offensive Monday against Ivory Coast’s strongman, Laurent Gbagbo, striking targets at his residence, his offices and two of his military bases in a significant escalation of the international intervention into the political crisis engulfing the nation.

    Apparently, President Barack Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, is maneuvering to expand the Libyan War not only to the Arab World but into the rest of the African continent as well. Nevertheless, she calls the UN attack helicopters assault on the Ivory Coast, a “humanitarian” mission.

    The Houston Chronicle reports that, “the United Nations and French forces opened fire with attack helicopters Monday on the arsenal of this country’s entrenched ruler, as columns of Ivorian fighters allied with his challenger finally pierced the city limit.”

    The rebels intending to topple strongman Laurent Gbagbo after a decade in power had succeeded in taking almost the whole countryside in just three days last week, yet they crumbled once they reached the nation’s largest city, where the presidential palace and residence are located.

    UN attack on Cote d’Ivoire.



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    Susan E. Rice
    U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
    U.S. Mission to the United Nations
    New York, NY
    April 4, 2011

    Today, the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), with the support of French forces, undertook a military operation to protect innocent civilians from escalating violence in the city of Abidjan. UN Security Council Resolution 1975, adopted unanimously, clearly reaffirms UNOCI’s mandate to use all necessary measures to protect civilians.
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    After days of heavy fighting, forces loyal to Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo laid down their arms Tuesday and the self-declared president was negotiating the terms of his surrender, his foreign minister said.

    Calm was reported Tuesday afternoon in Abidjan, the West African nation's largest city and the center of the battle between Gbagbo's military and those loyal to his rival, Alassane Ouattara, who is recognized internationally as the legitimate president.

    "We must now do what we can do to have lasting peace, said Alcide Djedje, the foreign minister, who participated in talks at the French ambassador's residence in Abidjan.

    Two of Gbagbo's generals were in "the process of negotiating a surrender," French Prime Minister Francois Fillon told parliament Tuesday.

    Ouattara's camp said it was sticking to a demand it has made all along: that Gbagbo recognize Ouattara's victory at the polls, said spokesman Patrick Achi.

    "I think it is something very important," Achi told CNN. "The military fight is almost over. As soon as he surrenders, all the fighting will stop."

    CNN could not verify Gbagbo's whereabouts but it was widely believed that he was in his Abidjan residence.

    U.S. President Barack Obama called Tuesday for Gbagbo to "stand down immediately."

    "Tragically, the violence that we are seeing could have been averted had Laurent Gbagbo respected the results of last year's presidential election," Obama said. "To end this violence and prevent more bloodshed, former President Gbagbo must stand down immediately, and direct those who are fighting on his behalf to lay down their arms."

    Ouattara's forces entered Abidjan last Thursday after an offensive that swept them across the country. Since then, the sporadic post-election violence that had plagued Abidjan for four months escalated into war.

    By Tuesday, they had surrounded the presidential palace.

    "We do not see why he shall not surrender," Achi said earlier, adding the new government may seek trial for Gbagbo in the International Court of Justice.

    An Abidjan resident said state-run television, which has serves as a powerful mouthpiece for Gbagbo, went dark Monday, a sign that Ouattara's forces had overrun the building.

    Gbagbo's forces suffered a setback Monday when United Nations helicopters fired on one of its camps to prevent the use of heavy weapons against civilians and U.N. peacekeepers.

    Djedje said the U.N. attack prompted Gbagbo's forces to stop fighting.

    "Since there was no more ammunition and weapons they decided to lay down the arms and negotiate a cease-fire," he said.

    U.N. Peacekeeping Director Alain Le Roy told reporters the global body was not taking sides in the conflict, but had to act after three days of fire from Gbagbo forces left four U.N. peacekeepers seriously injured.

    "We are shooting at heavy weapons. We are not shooting at the presidency," Le Roy said.

    France also sent 350 peacekeepers to the country over the weekend and took control of the airport in Abidjan, according to the French Ministry of Defense. The new French troops joined the U.N. peacekeeping mission of about 7,500 troops already in the country.

    The political chaos and violence has claimed hundreds of lives in Ivory Coast. In one of the bloodiest incidents yet, the International Committee of the Red Cross reported the killings of 800 people in the western cocoa-producing town of Duekoue.

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    The United Nations mission chief in the Ivory Coast says the "war is over," and that all generals formerly loyal to strongman Laurent Gbagbo have defected, Choi Young-Jin told Al Jazeera on Tuesday.

    "The war is over," the South Korean told Al Jazeera. "Gbagbo's army has simply disappeared."

    "All the generals fighting for Gbagbo have defected," he said. "There is no army, there is no fighting."

    This comes as Gbagbo huddled in a bunker at his home and was exploring different options for his surrender, officials said Tuesday, as forces backing the country's democratically elected leader seized the residence.

    United Nations and French forces opened fire with attack helicopters on strongman Laurent Gbagbo's arsenal Monday after four months of political deadlock since the presidential election. Columns of foot soldiers allied with internationally recognized winner Alassane Ouattara also finally pierced the city limits of Abidjan.

    "We are in a situation where everything can, I hope, I think be resolved in a few hours time," French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said at a news conference Tuesday.

    The international offensive that began Monday included air attacks on the presidential residence and three strategic military garrisons, marking an unprecedented escalation in the international community's efforts to oust Gbagbo.

    With the help of the international forces, pro-0uattara fighters pushed their way to the heart of the city to reach Gbagbo's home.

    Gbagbo was declared the loser of elections in November but refused to cede power to Ouattara even as the world's largest cocoa producer teetered on the brink of all-out civil war.

    "Gbagbo is exploring different options for turning himself in," Ouattara spokesman Patrick Achi said Tuesday. "He has been in touch with different leaders involved in this crisis."

    A senior diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter also said that Gbagbo's closest adviser and longtime friend had abandoned him, leaving the bunker to seek refuge inside the French ambassador's home.

    However, a Paris-based lawyer who has represented Gbagbo's government said his foreign minister, Alcide Djedje, had gone to the French Embassy to protest Monday's attacks by French and U.N. forces.

    "He has absolutely not resigned and is currently being scandalously held against his will" in the embassy, attorney Lucie Bourthoumieux said in a statement.

    Postelection violence has left hundreds dead in Ivory Coast -- most of them Ouattara supporters -- and has forced up to 1 million people to flee. Ouattara had used his considerable international clout to financially and diplomatically suffocate Gbagbo and pro-Ouattara forces before launching a dramatic military assault last week.

    Ivory Coast gained independence from France in 1960, and some 20,000 French citizens still lived there when a brief civil war broke out in 2002. French troops were then tasked by the U.N. with monitoring a cease-fire and protecting foreign nationals in Ivory Coast, which was once an economic star and is still one of the only countries in the region with four-lane highways, skyscrapers, escalators and wine bars.

    Following four months of attempts to negotiate Gbagbo's departure, the U.N. Security Council unanimously passed an especially strong resolution giving the 12,000-strong peacekeeping operation the right "to use all necessary means to carry out its mandate to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence ... including to prevent the use of heavy weapons against the civilian population."

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    Gbagbo's troops regain ground in Abidjan
    UN peacekeeping chief says Ivorian presidential loser used negotiations as a "trick" in fight to hold power.


    UNITED NATIONS — Fighters backing Ivory Coast’s strongman Laurent Gbagbo have regrouped and resumed attacks against U.N. peacekeepers, civilians and forces loyal to his rival, the top U.N. peacekeeping official said Friday.

    The development represented a dramatic reversal of fortune for Gbagbo, who earlier this week appeared on the verge of defeat after the United Nations and France launched attacks against his military bases and other vital installations in an effort to suppress his ability to target his enemies.

    After briefing the U.N. Security Council on the crisis, Le Roy said an offer Tuesday by Gbagbo’s top generals and other loyalists to surrender their weapons and begin negotiating Gbagbo’s departure was a “trick.”

    “At the end, Mr. Gbagbo rejected any peaceful solution the next day, Wednesday, and they restarted shelling at our headquarters and. . .the civilian population,” said Le Roy, a French national.

    "We have seen heavy weapons to be transferred to the Cocody area, including this morning," he said.

    Gbagbo forces were just one kilometre from the hotel headquarters of internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara, Le Roy said.

    "While we speak they may be very close to the Golf Hotel," he said.

    Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa, reporting from Abidjan, said she had heard gunfire and helicopters from the direction of Cocody throughout the day.

    Reports of extreme violence have emerged in recent days. The Catholic charity Caritas on Sunday said that more than 1,000 civilians had been killed in the town of Duekoue and blamed Ouattara's troops for the violence. Since Friday, UN forces have found more than 100 bodies in several towns - some burned alive and others thrown down wells.

    In Abidjan, Gbagbo has remained defiant in the face of increasing pressure. French and UN helicopters have attacked his presidential palace, where Gbagbo is staying with his wife, while Gbagbo's troops reportedly attacked the residence of the French ambassador, though a spokesman for the embattled leader denied that such an attack had occurred.

    His RTI television also came back on the air Friday and broadcasted an appeal for support.

    "The regime of Gbagbo is still in place, a strong mobilization is required by the population," it said.
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    Terrible situation unfolding in Ivory Coast.


    UN backed Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of last November's election, coming under fire for new atrocities in west.


    Ivory Coast Report: Both Sides Guilty of Atrocities‎

    The reputation of Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of last November's election, has taken a battering in recent days. A Human Rights Watch report – detailed on Saturday in the Guardian – said forces loyal to Ouattara killed hundreds of civilians, raped his rival's supporters and burned villages in the country's west. Survivors described how the soldiers "summarily executed and raped perceived Gbagbo supporters in their homes, as they worked in the fields, as they fled, or as they tried to hide in the bush".

    Such claims have the potential to embarrass the UN, EU and African Union, all of whom have endorsed Ouattara as the legitimate president,and most of all France, which launched air strikes against Gbagbo's military a week ago – attacks which continued last night – and appears more deeply mired in the conflict by the day.


    Atrocities at Catholic mission in Ivory Coast a sign of things to come

    Reports are mounting of atrocities by both sides in the conflict − those loyal to head of state Laurent Gbagbo, besieged in his presidential residence in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, and those who follow northern leader and president-elect Allasane Ouattara.

    Events at the Italian Salesian Roman Catholic mission in Duekoue increasingly echo a notorious church massacre during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

    Early reports suggested that more than 800 people, largely from the Gbagbo-supporting Gueré tribe, were killed in a single day at the sprawling Salesian Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus mission in Duekoue, 300 miles west of Abidjan towards the Liberian border. The attackers seem to have been largely soldiers descended from Burkina Faso immigrant Muslim families loyal to Ouattara.

    Late yesterday the Roman Catholic charity Caritas said more than 1000 people were massacred in Duekoue. A Caritas spokesman said Caritas workers visited the town and reported seeing a neighbourhood filled with bodies of people who had been shot and hacked to death with machetes.
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