EU urges Gbagbo, Quattara to prevent civil war

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has charged the acclaimed president-elect of Cote d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, and outgoing leader Laurent Gbagbo to ensure that their country was not plunged into a civil war as a result of their ongoing fight for power.

A communiqué of the European Commission issued Tuesday in Brussels said "for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of humanity, protect the civilians, allow the humanitarian workers to operate and prevent Cote d'Ivoire to go further into civil war."

The EU advocated that the humanitarian organisations that are on the field to help the people "should be allowed to continue their work in an impartial way and in total neutrality."

Following the discovery of the massacre of about 1,000 people in Duékoué, in the west of the country, and the escalation of violence in Abidjan, the EU deplored the use of artillery and the death of a European woman working for ONUCI.

Despite the insecurity in Abidjan, the EU did not recommend the immediate evacuation of its nationals "for it would be unreasonable to displace them."

The communiqué said majority of the Europeans living in Cote d'Ivoire are French, estimated at about 13,000, apart from some hundreds of nationals of other European countries.

According to the EU, the targeted sanctions that it decreed against the Ivorian leaders remain enforceable "until the president-elect, Alassane Ouattara, gives a clear signal asking them to be lifted."
-0- PANA AK/AAS/MTD/BOS 5April2011

05 april 2011 15:15:13




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