Gbagbo orders UN vehicles searched in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast`s incumbent leader is now stepping up pressure on United Nations.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2011, 16:37 PM IST

Abidjan: Ivory Coast`s incumbent leader who refuses to cede power nearly two months after the Presidential Election is stepping up pressure on the United Nations.

Laurent Gbagbo, who still controls the country`s military, has ordered police and Army officials to stop and search all UN vehicles.

Col Hilaire Gohourou announced the order on state television on Thursday evening.

It`s the latest escalation of hostilities between Gbagbo and the UN mission that refuses to recognise his power. The UN says Alassane Ouattara won the election.
Gbagbo`s government has ordered UN peacekeepers out of the country, claiming that they are no longer impartial. The UN Security Council voted on Wednesday to send an additional 2,000 troops.

Bureau Report