UN body fears Ivorian instabiity to cause refugees

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has expressed fears that the political instability in Ivory Coast might cause a humanitarian crisis because of the movement of people inside the country and to neighbouring countries.

It said on Friday that by 30 December 2010, OCHA had counted 2,736 internally-displaced people, particularly in the cities of Duékoué and Danane, in the west of the country.

According to OCHA's humanitarian report for West and Central Africa, by 30 December last year, 16,458 Ivorians had taken refuge in Liberia, 218 in Guinea, 30 in Mali and 13 in Ghana.

The political situation has deteriorated in Cote d'Ivoire with the two candidates who contested the 28 November 2010 presidential run-off poll, opposition leader Alassane Ouattara and incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, claiming victory.

The international community has recognised Ouattara as the legitimate choice of the voters and is asking Gbagbo to step down.
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