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Gbagbo fighters gain ground

2011-04-09 12:40

United Nations - Fighters loyal to besieged Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo gained territory in the main city on Friday and are still using tanks and many other weapons, the UN peacekeeping chief said.

But the United Nations rejected involvement in any bid by fighters supporting internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara to starve Gbagbo out of his bunker in Abidjan.

Gbagbo forces are now just one kilometre from Ouattara's headquarters after gaining ground in the battle against Ouattara, peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy told reporters after a UN Security Council briefing on the Ivory Coast crisis.

The Plateau and Cocody districts of Abidjan are now in the hands of Gbagbo fighters, he said.

Gbagbo's general had used an offer of negotiations over a possible surrender on Tuesday "as a trick to reinforce their position", Le Roy added.

Three Gbagbo generals told the United Nations they wanted talks but Gbagbo then refused to surrender.

"They have still many heavy weapons in hand," Le Roy said, adding that there were pictures of tanks, M-21 rocket launchers, rocket propelled grenade launchers and armoured personnel carriers.

Though the Ouattara camp has called off negotiations, the United Nations remains in contact with the strongman's entourage. And Le Roy said the UN would have no part of any attempt to starve Gbagbo out of his bunker.

The UN force in Ivory Coast, Unoci, has no mandate "to starve out anyone," Le Roy told reporters. "We have nothing to do with that. I must be very clear. We are not supporting that, having any part in that."

Ouattara's generals, who have surrounded Gbagbo, have suggested they would cut off food and water supplies to force him to give up.

Asked whether UN forces might give food and water to Gbagbo, Le Roy said no decision had been taken, "maybe".

Comments
  • Mxhuma - 2011-04-09 13:25

    What a circus? Only because of power hungry old men. Don't they ever learn? What kind of legacy are they gonna leave behind. That they ruined a country fighting not for freedom but for power. Imight not be familiar with the politics of that country, but I do know that the two , Outarra and Gbagbo are not fit to lead that country!

  • Mxhuma - 2011-04-09 13:25

    What a circus? Only because of power hungry old men. Don't they ever learn? What kind of legacy are they gonna leave behind. That they ruined a country fighting not for freedom but for power. Imight not be familiar with the politics of that country, but I do know that the two , Outarra and Gbagbo are not fit to lead that country!

  • TarigAnter - 2011-04-09 17:23

    Ivory Coast Suffers from a "woman"!!!!!!!!!!!!!@#$!%^&$# Dominique the pale bleached mistress and wife and owner of beauty salons and estate offices of Boigny and Ouattara said: "Even if it takes 100 000 deaths, we will take power" The scene takes place just before the national holiday on last August 7. She came to Ivory Coast only in 1975 with her first old "husband"; now rich and dangerous because of her illicit relationships. She is not a person who may support democracy and freedom. It is just shameless greed and vulgarity. Please stop this “woman”; her “man”; and Sarkozy. Killing people and ruining Ivory Coast and destabilizing the region and create hate and corruption. To support or even shy away from such individuals are great sins.

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