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Ivory Coast 'on the brink of genocide'

2010-12-30 08:09

New York - The first recognised ambassador of Ivory Coast's internationally-backed president Alassane Ouattara says the United Nations has to act to prevent "genocide" in his country.

The envoy, Youssoufou Bamba, made the plea after handing over his credentials as envoy to the United Nations to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Ban promised the "full co-operation" of the UN leadership for the government of Ouattara who is in a tense standoff with Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to recognise the victory of his rival in Ivory Coast's November 28 presidential election.

The ambassador said Ouattara had "real concern" about attacks on his supporters. According to UN rights officials at least 173 people were killed in attacks between December 16 and 21.

'Something should be done'

The victims were only killed "because they wanted to demonstrate, they want to speak out, they want to defend the will of the people," Bamba told reporters. "We are on the brink of genocide, something should be done."

Bamba said people's homes in some areas had been marked according to their tribe. "What will be next? So the situation is very serious and I have put that message across in all the meetings I have had, including with the secretary general."

"The protection of civilians is at the heart of peacekeeping and we expect the United Nations to fulfill its duties," he said.

There is a UN force of more than 9 500 troops in Ivory Coast and 800 are deployed around the Abidjan hotel where Ouattara has his base.

Ban made no comment on the Ivory Coast crisis when he formally accepted Bamba's credentials in front of photographers at the UN headquarters.

But he assured the envoy "of the full co-operation of the secretariat in meeting the challenges ahead."

Ecowas threat

Ban was briefed again Tuesday by the UN mission in Ivory Coast on efforts to persuade Gbagbo to peacefully stand down, his spokesperson Martin Nesirky said.

The UN chief also held telephone talks with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, current chairperson of the West African regional bloc Ecowas, which has threatened to intervene militarily if Gbagbo does not quit.

Bamba, who was previously ambassador for the Gbagbo government at the UN in Vienna, is the first ambassador named by the Ouattara administration to have started work. He hinted that he was not yet being paid, saying that as a career diplomat "I have savings".

Comments
  • ArtGee - 2010-12-30 08:44

    AFRICA...... home of DESPOTS, DICTATORS and RAPISTS!

      S.Soga - 2010-12-30 09:07

      AFRICA....home of black people,love and respect......victim of white imperilisiam, white extortion.....Ivory Coast, we cry with you.... Africa I love you!!

      Mike Webber - 2010-12-30 09:18

      @ S.Soga You're an idiot, no wonder you're still stuck in the dark ages. Africa is it's own worst enemy, with or without "white imperialists" We all love Africa, but Africa needs to learn to love itself. These blacks are killing other blacks, so your veiled racist point is null and void ...

      madrynn - 2010-12-30 09:23

      EARTH... home of idiots of all shapes, colour & size...

      S.Soga - 2010-12-30 09:27

      @ Mike Webber, call me whatever.....I refuse to look at my home as home of dictators and rapists. Everybody knows the French and the West in general are fuelling the wars in Africa....The initiative by Ecowas is very encouraging.....let Africa deal with its own problems. AFRICA I LOVE YOU.

      Mike Webber - 2010-12-30 09:36

      @ S.Soga ".....let Africa deal with its own problems." ??? You mean like Africa sorted it's own problems in the Congo or Ruwanda? Which example works better for you? Africa IS it's own problem. We all love Africa, don't get caught up in blinded emotion so that you cannot see the real problems. Exploitation has existed across every continent, not just Africa. You need to take your "white-hating" sunglasses off to see the light. And I didn't call you an idiot for the sake of calling you names, I called you an idiot because your comments make you appear to be one.

  • henk v - 2010-12-30 09:06

    why do they cry or care about genocide in the ivory coast but we hear NOTHING about the genocide in Zimbabwe?

  • Clinton - 2010-12-30 09:19

    We have come to know the UN to be all bark but no bite. For years they have claimed to preserve peace in countries with unstable, and often hostile political grounds. But no military orginization (terrorists or not) fear them or consider them much of a threat due to the fact that they are reluctant to use force in order to protect innocent civilizians. Here is another typical example - Ivorians simply want a democratic country where they can live freely and practise their democratic rights. But, as in MANY African countries, they are refused that right and freedom by a dictator (how else can you describe him??) who is not planning to relinquish the power, money and status in respect of his fellow-countrymen's will, which they have chosen for the sake of what is in their own best interest. This stand-off has been going on for weeks (if not months) and all the UN can really do is to deploy troops and make them stand around and hope, PRAY that Gbagbo change his mind and just tiddle-toe off, give Ouattara a big fat kiss and a big fat hug and let him do his thing?? The UN simply does not have the punch and the ability to protect the world against the thugs that try to take it over. All your talks and conferences lead to nothing really. Your humanitarian efforts are always appreciated, but the UN is only good at that - charity. So why not disarm your troops and stick to charity because your little military show you always put on does not account for anything, ever!

  • Jéan Hewetson - 2010-12-30 09:19

    @S.Soga, your a moron, white imperialism, are you joking!! White people are trying to stop your Ivory Coast tribes from killing each other. So would you rather the UN not get involved and let the tribes kill each other as they are busy doing?

      Mike Webber - 2010-12-30 09:23

      @ Jean Don't waste your time, it's pointless trying to help someone understand who cannot reason and employ logic and common sense. S.Soga and many others will forever remain stuck in the prisons of their minds. So sad ...

      S.Soga - 2010-12-30 09:37

      @Jean Hewetson, Ecowas is not a white organisation. The ambassador had to go to Ban-ki Moon to alert him whilst Ecowas took the first step and threatened Gbagbo.......so don't tell me about white people you idiot. I wouldn't be suprised if the French are fuelling this war, it's the nature of whites.

      Willem G - 2010-12-30 09:53

      @S.Soga: What's with you? "The whites this" and "the whites that"? The three main problems with Africa is 1.) Everything gets blamed on colonialism/apartheid/imperialism (btw,did you attend the Youth festival? what with this "imperialism" nonsense of yours?) 2.) Nobody accepts responsibility for anything 3.) Leaders refuse to let go of power (vide Mugabe, Kibaki, Gbagbo et al).

      ArtGee - 2010-12-30 09:54

      ECOWAS is another TOOTHLESS organisation, same as the UN! @ S Sogo, Africa, in general, are a JEALOUS CONTINENT! Why blame France? Why blame UK, US, in fact ANY WESTERN COUNTRY, for the USELESSNESS of African Leaders? You African people always end up at the very people's doorstep, that you easly blame, with your BEGGING BOWLS!!! Waiting for a hand out... Whats going to happen when the ANC looses Power in South Africa? Will a similar scenario be taking place?????????

      Clinton - 2010-12-30 14:39

      @S.Soga - so what you're saying is that: a) If a black dictator threatens to kill another black leader who fairly won a democratic election, it's the white man's fault. b) If one black tribe attempts to obliterate another black tribe to claim power over a country, it's the white man's fault. c) If a black man rapes a black woman, it's the white man's fault. d) If a black leader is fraudulently acquiring millions of dollars at the expense of his own people's well being, it's the white man's fault. e) If a mixture of black and white nations attempt to help a prodiminantly black government oust a black dictator because they can't successfully do it themselves, the white man is trying to take the country for himself (forgetting that he is aided by a lot of black people) f) The fact that you're an idiot even after 16 years of democratic rights still failed to freely study further and acquire some sense of general knowledge...yes...wait for it...IT's THE WHITE MAN's FAULT!!!! Are you for real man??? You must be kidding yourself, unless you're really so stupid that you would actually believe the crap that is growing inside your mind...don't waste intelligent people's (THAT INCLUDES BLACK PEOPLE!!!) time who are trying to argue a relevant point. A$$hole!!

  • BigMoose - 2010-12-30 09:45

    More business for our corrupt Home Affairs officials. Expect another influx of refugees.

  • bodemart - 2010-12-30 10:36

    Bodemart@S.Soga I remain amazed why Africans always need some "outside party" (UN in I-Coast) to solve their problems and then blame those they call on for help. "He is governed best who can (and is capable of) governing himself"....You can't blame white imperialism for Aids/Genocide/Never-ending Corruption/Dictators who line their own pockets (See latest on: 'Massive embezzlement(€98m over 10 years)' under Niger's ousted Pres. Mamadou Tandja. Gabon's late president Omar Bongo accused of lining his pockets with a $37m bank embezzlement scheme'). I'm impressed with the US Embassy pulling out of I-Coast else they would also be blamed for "white imperialism". Africans,(and I am one too)look in your bathroom mirror(if you have one) and see the cause of all your problems! "Something should be done!", says Youssoufou Bamba to the UN...my advice is: Do it yourself!

  • Jéan Hewetson - 2010-12-30 10:49

    @Mike Webber, @Willem G, @ArtGee, @bodemart , thanks for your posts. @S.Soga, I will tell you about white people all i want since you don't know anything. Your "intelligence" amazes me, i'm surprised you know how to post here, possibly monkey see, monkey do. Amazing how you are not called a "Racist", yet you blame whites for these problems. You are the racist and you are problem with Africa. Just because you can post here doesn't make you intelligent, so let me help you out. In your "internet box", type with your keyboard "www.google.co.za", then type "genocide", click on the first "Wikipedia" article about genocide, do some reading about the holocaust, then Rwanda, and try to understand what this country might have to deal with. oh before i forget, i might have to explain reading to you, "reading" is done with your eyes and text and understanding what you read, the last part of understanding what you read might be a problem for you but the more you practice the better you will get. I work with Côte d'Ivoire and all my clients are African, and i have the utmost respect for them and through our business i do my best to make a difference especially with our clients through these horrible times that Côte d'Ivoire is experiencing. This article is about Côte d'Ivoire's current problems of which solutions have to be found before its too late so stop blaming and do something about it to make it better.

  • Jéan Hewetson - 2010-12-30 10:51

    @Mike Webber, @Willem G, @ArtGee, @bodemart We all are wasting our time with S.Soga but i would like to say a few more for the fun of it. @S.Soga, I will tell you about white people all i want since you don't know anything. Your "intelligence" amazes me, i'm surprised you know how to post here, possibly monkey see, monkey do. Amazing how you are not called a "Racist", yet you blame whites for these problems. You are the racist and you are problem with Africa. Just because you can post here doesn't make you intelligent, so let me help you out. In your "internet box", type with your keyboard "www.google.co.za", then type "genocide", click on the first "Wikipedia" article about genocide, do some reading about the holocaust, then Rwanda, and try to understand what this country might have to deal with. oh before i forget, i might have to explain reading to you, "reading" is done with your eyes and text and understanding what you read, the last part of understanding what you read might be a problem for you but the more you practice the better you will get. I work with Côte d'Ivoire and all my clients are African, and i have the utmost respect for them and through our business i do my best to make a difference especially with our clients through these horrible times that Côte d'Ivoire is experiencing. This article is about Côte d'Ivoire's current problems of which solutions have to be found before its too late so stop blaming and do something about it to make it better.

  • bodemart - 2010-12-30 11:18

    bodemart@S.Soga I am forever amazed at Africans (I am one too) always looking at some outside party to come and solve their own internal problems and then blaming those who come to help! You can't forever blame colonialism, white imperialism, apartheid, capitalism, and whatever, for your problems. "He is governed best , who can govern(if he is capable)...himself". That's where the problem lies....yourself is to blame for Aida,Poverty,Genocide,Crime,Corruption....not someone else. [Note the latest on: "'Mamadou Tandja, Niger's ousted president..Massive embezzlement of state financial misappropriation nearly €98m over 10 years". "Gabon's late president Omar Bongo accused of allegedly lining his pockets from a $37m bank embezzlement".) No, fellow-Africans, governments cannot be held responsible for your Aids, your poverty, your corruption and continuously fork out Tax-money and Foreign Aid.....Look in your bathroom mirror(if you have one) and see the cause of your problems face-to-face. I'm so pleased the US Embassy is closing in I-Coast...My advice to unpaid(where's the money?) Ivory Coast UN Ambassador Youssoufou Bamba is " Don't look at the UN for "something to be done", don't blame the USA eventually....or perhaps colonialism,imperialism or what-else(?)...Do-it-Yourself!

  • tom.tom1307 - 2010-12-30 14:51

    You guys are all a bunch of racists, I am so sad what our rainbow nation has come to. I am personally embarking on campaign to rid this country of racism in terms stupid white South Africa's who cant do anything but complain but do nothing about the problem but move over seas and arrogant, lazy and corrupt blacks South Africans who do nothing but pull the race card when everything goes wrong instead of solving the problem. Both the DA and the ANC have ruined this country with their bickering and lack of problem solving. Grow up people Africa is both a very complicated continent with more history than Asia and the Americas and also a country of vast love and hatred at the same time. Yes colonialism has devastated the continent leaving most of problems experienced today behind, but it is also the fualt of Africans in allowing dictates to rule while killing the own people who voted for them.

      Mikemcc - 2010-12-30 17:34

      "Yes colonialism has devastated the continent leaving most of problems experienced today behind" - Almost every country has been colonised at some stage, most of them (excluding the african ones) have moved on and achieved success. Why not Africa? I think it is because the excuse of colonialism is far to easy to use.

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