Ivorian Crisis: UNOCI refutes accusations of bias by Gbagbo

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) on Monday reaffirmed its military impartiality as part of its efforts to find a peaceful solution to the post-election crisis in the west African nation.

The UN mission, accused by Laurent Gbagbo of supporting his rival, Alassane Ouattara, dismissed as ungrounded "allegations about his military assistance to ex-combatants in the form of armed troop transport or the presence in his base of non-UN armed elements".

"UNOCI did reassure the Ivorian people that it would remain focused on carrying out tasks entrusted to it by the UN Security Council in the observance of strict neutrality," the statement said .

Since the outbreak of post-election crisis, UNOCI, accused of bias, has been repeatedly subjected to attacks by Gbagbo supporters.
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21 february 2011 14:46:15

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