Killing people along ethnic lines not acceptable: I Coast envoy

As the violence in Ivory Coast escalated, the country`s envoy to UN has said that killing people along ethnic lines is not acceptable in the 21st century.

Updated: Mar 04, 2011, 16:07 PM IST

United Nations: As the violence in Ivory
Coast escalated, the country`s envoy to UN has said that
killing people along ethnic lines is not acceptable in the
21st century.

"Two months ago I warned about genocide, today I will
reiterate... genocide in the making," Youssoufou Bamba,
Ambassador of Ivory Coast to UN, told journalists yesterday.

"They are killing people along ethnic lines... they
are killing national from neighbouring countries... they are
killing people who oppose Gbagbo... that is not acceptable in
the 21st century," he added.

Following a disputed election in November 2010,
incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo and his rival Alassane
Ouattara have been fighting to take power in the country. In
recent weeks, UN troops, supply convoys and vehicles have
also been attacked by Gbagbo`s forces.

The country`s election commission and a UN team have
recognised that Ouattara as the winner of the elections but
Gbagbo has refused to accept the results.

Alain Le Roy, head of UN peacekeeping, briefed the
Security Council on the West African nation today.

"We are very concerned about the situation in the
Ivory Coast... the tension is increasing," Le Roy told
journalists, earlier this week.

"The number of clashes on both sides are increasing...
the attacks on peacekeepers are increasing."

The UN said that 50 people had died in clashes between
pro-Gbagbo and pro-Ouattara forces in one week, and that 365
had died since violence erupted in mid-December. Seven women
were reportedly killed yesterday by Gbagbo`s forces during a
peaceful protest.

The Security Council today issued a statement, which
asked the UNOCI, the peacekeeping mission in the country, "to
use all necessary means to carry out its mandate, in
particular to protect the civilians."

The Council also called on Gbagbo to lift the siege of
Golf Hotel where Ouattara is holed up.

PTI