Ban warns against attacks on UN in Ivory Coast
UN Chief Ban-Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attack on United Nations vehicles in Ivory Coast by supporters of Laurent Gbagbo.
United Nations: UN Chief Ban-Ki-moon has
strongly condemned the attack on United Nations vehicles in
Ivory Coast by supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, and warned that
those responsible for targeting the world body`s interests
would be held accountable.
In the midst of the chaos following a disputed
election in the West African nation, "regular and irregular
forces" allied to Gbagbo attacked at least six UN vehicles and
set one on fire, injuring a doctor and driver of an ambulance.
The country`s election commission and a UN team have
recognised the opposition leader Alassane Ouattara as the
victor of the election but held in November 2010 but Gbagbo
has refused to accept the results. He wants the UN
peacekeeping mission out of the country.
"The Secretary-General once again warns those
responsible for organising and carrying out such attacks that
they will be held accountable," said a statement issued by his
spokesperson, Martin Nesirky.
"He stresses that both attacks on peacekeepers and
destruction of assets deployed for purposes of protecting
civilians constitute crimes under international law," it said.
The 9000 strong UN force in the country remains in a
troubled spot and has repeatedly come under attack.
Concerns have also been raised that the violent
situation in the country could spiral into full-scale genocide
on the scale of what happened in Rwanda where the ethnic Hutus
killed ethnic Tutsis en masse.
Meanwhile, reports said that a third mass grave has
reportedly been discovered in Issia, near Daloa but the UN,
which has been denied access to the site, has not been able to
confirm it exists.
Gbagbo`s side has been using the state television to
spread false information about what the UN troops are doing in
the country, much like in Rwanda where the radio was used to
incite Hutus against Tutsis.
Ban also condemned the use of the State broadcasting
corporation, RTI "to instigate violence against the United
Nations peacekeeping mission, including false information
alleging that United Nations peacekeepers are extending active
support to Forces Nouvelles soldiers".
Forces Nouvelles are the soldiers that are loyal to
Ouattara who has not been able to reach a political
reconciliation with Gbagbo`s side.