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No mass grave found in Abidjan - UN

2011-03-18 07:35

Abidjan - No mass grave has been found in N'dotre in the north of Abidjan, the UN mission in Ivory Coast (Unoci) said Thursday after an investigation.

Earlier this week the Unoci "sent teams to N'dotre to investigate allegations of mass graves but did not find any evidence of their existence", according to a statement released by the mission.

"The investigation teams did not find bodies at a nearly completed morgue in N'dotre, where there were reports bodies were being kept. Since this is an unfinished morgue with no infrastructure like a cold room, bodies could not be kept there for a long time," it said.

The UN mission nevertheless concluded by stating that "investigations could be continued to gather any evidence".

In late December and early January, the United Nations accused forces loyal to strongman Laurent Gbagbo of repeatedly preventing the mission from accessing the area.

On December 23, the Unoci accused pro-Gbagbo Defence and Security Forces (FDS) of preventing them from probing the possible existence of mass graves in Abidjan.

A post-election crisis sparked by Gbagbo's refusal to leave power despite his rival Alassane Ouattara being internationally recognised as the winner of a November election has left some 410 dead, the UN said on Thursday.