UN has decided to send an additional 2,000 troops in Ivory Coast.
The UN has decided to send an additional 2000 troops to bolster its force in Ivory Coast, citing “deep concern over the continuing violence and human rights violations.”
Bangladeshi UN soldiers sit on top of armoured vehicles during a patrol in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
The news comes as a fifth round of mediation talks collapsed. Alassane Ouattara is considered to have won the vote but incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to step down.
Chief negotiator and Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga warned that time is running out and blamed Gbagbo for reneging on an agreement to withdraw his troops from around the hotel in Abidjan where Ouattara, his rival, is holed up.
The regional ECOWAS group met yesterday to discuss military intervention to oust Gbagbo. But opinion is divided. Some say Gbagbo knows this, and so does not consider force to be a threat. Since December 2010, approximately 250 people found death in Ivory Coast, following engagements between the partisans of Gbagbo and Quattara. According to some media’s, since January 18th, 2011, several armored vehicles and tanks arrived in the town of Bouaké, stronghold of the rebels. All these vehicles were accompanied by Burkinabe and Senegalese soldiers.