US condemns resurgent fighting in Cote d'Ivoire

New York, US (PANA) - The US has condemned the resurgent fighting in Abidjan, after forces loyal to outgoing Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo launched an offensive against the Republic Forces to try to regain lost ground in Cote d'Ivoire's biggest city.

''It is clear that Gbagbo’s attempts at negotiation this week were nothing more than a ruse to regroup and rearm,'' the US State Department said in a release obtained by PANA here.

''Gbagbo’s continued attempt to force a result that he could not obtain at the ballot box reveals his callous disregard for the welfare of the Ivoirian people, who will again suffer amid renewed heavy fighting in Abidjan.

''We call on Gbagbo to cease these hostilities, direct his supporters to stand down, and surrender to President (Alassane) Ouattara’s legitimately-elected government,'' the statement said

The US renewed its call on all forces to respect the rights of civilians and to fulfill United Nations Security Council Resolution obligations and requirements of the international community.

''We salute President Ouattara’s affirmation of the need for credible investigations of abuses perpetrated by any party, and welcome his commitment to govern for all Ivoirians,'' it said

Gbagbo's forces had apparently used the lull in fighting, caused by Gbagbo's decoy negotiations to surrender, to rearm and launch the offensive against the forces loyal to the internationally-recognised winner of the 23 Nov. 2010 presidential runoff, Ouattara.
-0- PANA SEG 10April2011


10 avril 2011 09:25:47




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