Ivorian army accuses ONUCI of planning anti-Gbagbo demonstrations

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian Army on Wednesday said on National Radio and Television that the UN Secretary General special representative in Cote d'Ivoire, Young-Jin Choi, should be held responsible for the violence involving forces loyal to both Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara on Thursday and Friday.

"General Philippe Mangou, Chief of Staff and all of the Forces of Defence and Security (FDS) hold Mr. Choi responsible for the unpredictable consequences that could result from these projected actions," according to the military communiqué, read by Army spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel, Gouhourou Babri Hilaire.

According to him, the army is possession of some information which point to the fact that the special representative of the UN Secretary General in Cote d`Ivoire is supporting the clashes.

The Ivorian military, according to the communique, has asked all those who "love peace and stability in Cote d`Ivoire to abstain from participating in such clashes".

Supporters of Ouattara, named winner of the 28 November presidential run-off vote by the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), embarked on a massive demonstration Thursday across the country but they were quickly checked by troops loyal to Laurent Gbagbo.

A day after Ouattara was named winner, the Constitutional Council cancelled the result and named Gbagbo winner. This sparked trouble in the country as the international community insists that Ouattara should assume the presidency, a move Gbagbo has rejected.

Both men have formed their government with Ouattara operating from a hotel room in Abidjan.

The Ouattara group has also planned another massive rally and demonstrations at the Prime Minister’s office to install Guillaume Soro into office.
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16 december 2010 15:04:38

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