ONUCI laments ambush of UN peacekeepers in Abidjan

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire – The UN operations in Côte d'Ivoire (ONUCI) on Wednesday expressed concern about the ambush of its peacekeepers by the Ivorian soldiers on Tuesday evening in the district of Abobo in Abidjan.

In a statement, ONUCI said its joint military and police team, which was returning from a patrol at PK 18 district in the area of Abobo, came under fire leaving three of them injured.

ONUCI, highlighting its commitment not to resort to firearms unless they face armed attacks, reaffirmed its appeal for calm, urging all parties to avoid resorting to violence.

The supporters of incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo accuse ONUCI of favouring Alassane Ouattara, the man the international community says won the controversial 28 November election.

The UN peacekeepers have been the target of several harassments including a media campaign and hindrances to the movement of their convoys.

Côte d'Ivoire has been plunged into chaos following the election in which Gbagbo and Ouattara have claimed victory.
-0- PANA BAL/AAS/MSA/MA 12 January 2011

12 january 2011 21:27:20

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