UN mission in Côte d'Ivoire condemns violence at Gbagbo's party rally

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The United Nations Mision in Côte d'Ivoire (ONUCI) on Monday "deplored and strongly condemned the violent incidents" that took place on  Saturday at a rally organised by the Ivorian Popular Front  (FPI) of former president Laurent Gbagbo at Koumassi Campement in the country's commercial capital, Abidjan.

In a communiqué issued on Monday, the UN mission said "such acts must immediately cease, to pave the way for calm for a peaceful election campaign and the normal play of the democratic game".

"ONUCI encourages the relevant authorities to take appropriate initiatives to shed light on the circumstances, nature and extent of these incidents and to identify their perpetrators with a view to taking the necessary measures, in conformity with the law," the communique noted.

ONUCI made an urgent appeal to the people and supporters of political parties from all quarters to exercise restraint in an effort to contribute to national reconciliation and the consolidation of a lasting peace.

The Ivorian media on Monday reported that violent disturbances erupted in an FPI meeting which ended in disarray. According to Yao Yao Jules, an MP who called the meeting, a number of supporters were injured while at least five vehicles belonging to FPI officials were damaged.
-0- PANA BAL/SSB/PAP 10Oct2011

10 octobre 2011 21:51:15

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