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Liberia: New Army Mobilized to Protect Eastern Border with Ivory Coast, But Are They Prepared or A Suicide Mission?
“In Liberia, our team determined that protecting civilians was more important than protecting the state — because that’s where the threats aligned. Accordingly, we focused less on defending the borders and more on protecting civilian population areas. The army would be a simple, relatively small, and low-cost motorized infantry regiment. There would be no artillery, tanks, fighter or bomber aircraft, or navy ships, and limited special operations units. Few wanted a military so strong that it would provoke the neighbors, as West Africa is a tough geopolitical neighborhood”.
“He will share a cell block with former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who is waiting for a verdict in his trial at an ad hoc tribunal on charges of orchestrating atrocities in Sierra Leone”.
“As a pregnant woman, it was very hard for me during the fighting in Abidjan. Bullets were flying all over the place and we were sleeping outside the UN office. Bullets hit two people where I was. I even fell down. There was no food, no water, nothing. It was also very dangerous to access medical services.”
Reprisal attacks against Liberians in Ivory Coast have led to 816 Liberians dead and many are seeking refuge in the Liberian community office in Abidjan. According to the Liberian Observer, the Liberian Community leader in Ivory Coast disclosed in a cell phone interview. Oliver Cooper, chairperson of the Liberian Community in Ivory Coast, said most… Read More ›
ECOWAS Leaders Reluctant to Use Force: Fear of Being Bogged Down in Urban War and the Potential Reprisals on Millions of people from Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso living in the Ivory Coast
France 24- A delegation of African leaders left the Ivory Coast late Monday after failing to convince Gbagbo to cede power to Ouattara, who has been internationally recognised as the winner of the Ivorian election of November 28. The joint AU-ECOWAS statement said Gbagbo had “agreed to negotiate a peaceful end to the crisis without… Read More ›
Int’l Coup D’etat in Ivory Coast: Ousting Gbagbo- Applying the Laws of the Jungle, “Might Makes Right”
“Calling for Laurent Gbagbo, a legal, constitutional, and legitimate President of Ivory Coast to cede power a person who is an illegal, unconstitutional and illegal winner of the Ivorian election to be President of the Ivory Coast is a very bad dangerous precedents we see unfolding championed, unfortunately by the International community. There is nothing anywhere called legitimate force ECOWAS can use as excuse to evade the sovereignty of the Ivory Coast and overthrow a legitimate President and replace him with a illegitimate winner of the Ivorian election as President of Ivory Coast”.
“It’s the moment to liberate Ivory Coast,” he declared. Ouattara has been recognised as Ivory Coast’s elected president by world powers but his shadow government is besieged in Abidjan’s Golf Hotel, protected by an 800-strong force of UN peacekeepers and by former rebel fighters. Political showman and faction leader Ble Goude is now Gbagbo’s minister for youth and employment, but he is best known for stoking bloody anti-French riots in 2004, a role which saw him placed under United Nations sanctions. He had cancelled a large-scale street rally planned for Wednesday, saying he wanted Ivory Coast’s political stand-off to be resolved by regional diplomacy, but held a smaller meeting for several thousand die-hard supporters. “We are ready to die for this Ivory Coast,” he declared, while insisting that his supporters were unarmed and hoped to triumph through strength of numbers and will against Ouattara’s men”.
“The government of Liberia has decided that there will be refugee camps established in Liberia for Ivorian refugees,” he said. The refugees will only be integrated into local communities where international aid groups offer support, Kanwea said.
“Nigeria President and Chairman of the Economic Community of West Africa States,(ECOWAS), Goodluck Johnathan said on Wednesday the three-man Presidential delegation to deliver an ultimatum to embattled Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo to step down or be forced from office by the West Africa bloc, will be returning to Abidjan on January 3, 2011 for further negotiation. “They came back to give a report, but they are going back”, The ECOWAS boss said. ” People are negotiating. We are discussing. That is why they are going back”. The Nigeria leader did not give details of the negotiation”.
Liberians are oppose to any military action to force embattled President Laurent Gbagbo out of office. According to BBC Focus on Africa correspondent in Monrovia, Johnathan Pailele, opinions sampled from Liberians are unanimous, opposing to any military action i n the crisis in the Ivory Coast. According to Johnathan Pailele, Liberians say they are opposed to military intervention stemming from… Read More ›