Pro-Gbagbo soldiers mobilise troops in fight against Ouattara forces

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Troops loyal to Ivorian incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, on Saturday called for the mobilisation of their supporters against forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the man the international community says is the president-elect of Cote d'Ivoire.

A Lieutenant-Colonel, surrounded by other soldiers, read a communiqué on  Ivorian Radio-Television (RTI) which was back in the hands of the Gbagbo troops. The television station went off air on Friday.

The communiqué asked all the forces, including policemen, custom officers, forestry agents, gendarmes and soldiers, to join five units based in Abidjan.

The Ivorian security forces (FDS) accused the UN and French forces, as well as soldiers from the sub-region of attacking their positions.

He also reaffirmed their determination to defend "up to the end Laurent Gbagbo and Cote d’Ivoire".

"The FDS wish to reaffirm their determination to ensure their duty of protection of people, property and institutions of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire," he added.

Pro-Ouattara forces entered Abidjan on Thursday night and have ben engaged in fierce battles with the pro-Gbagbo forces.

To date, it is difficult to affirm which of the two sides is in control.

The terrified populations are holed up in their houses.
-0- PANA GB/JSG/MTD/MA 2April2011

02 april 2011 15:52:01

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