UN issues fresh warning to renegade I Coast leader

The UN has warned Ivory Coast`s leader Gbagbo about operations by his followers against peacekeepers.

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 13:54 PM IST

United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made a new warning to Ivory Coast`s outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo about operations by his followers against peacekeepers.

UN troops are "determined" to stay in a troubled district
of the African nation`s main city, Abidjan, where six people
died earlier in the day, his spokesman Martin Nesirky said in
a statement yesterday. Gbagbo`s forces were reported to be
trying to get the peacekeepers out of the area.

Gbagbo has ordered a curfew in the Abobo district and
another neighborhood known as a stronghold of Alassane
Ouattara, the internationally recognized president.

Gbagbo forces fired at and wounded three peacekeepers
from the UN mission, UNOCI.

"The secretary general is deeply concerned about the
developments unfolding in the Abobo neighbourhood of Abidjan
where clashes between the civilian population supporting
President Ouattara and Ivorian security forces who had raided
the area are reported to have left six people dead," said
Nesirky.

The UN highlighted "particular concern" about reports
that Gbagbo forces planned a new operation in Abobo.
"A curfew has been imposed and the forces loyal to Mr
Gbagbo are attempting to force UNOCI military and police units
dispatched to protect civilians to leave the area," said the
statement.

"Any attacks on United Nations peacekeepers are
unacceptable," the UN said, warning that those responsible
"will be held responsible for their actions."

"UNOCI`s troops and police units are determined to remain
in the area and will carry out their mandate in an impartial
and professional manner."
Ban was "also concerned by reports of violence in other
areas of the country and condemns all violations of human
rights," the statement said.

More than 200 people have died in attacks and political
violence in Ivory Coast since the November 28 election, for
which Gbagbo has refused to recognise the result and stand
down.

Bureau Report