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Gbagbo: United Nations Needs to Go

ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire - While the United Nations considers to send another 1,000 to 2,000 peacekeepers to Cote d’Ivoire (10,000 are in place here now), it seems the popular opinion--at least in the capital city of Abidjan--is that it is time for the U.N. to go.

It may make little sense for the international body to send additional troops at a time when hostilities against the U.N. are growing.

The U.N. peacekeeping mandate ended Dec. 31, but was extended for another six months. Many Ivorians—especially those who support incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo say the U.N. is no longer impartial here; it’s troops are siding with Alassane Ouatarra, the man who some members of the international community named as the Ivorian president.

Before I met for an interview with President Gagbo this week, I went to a hospital where I met two men who had been shot by United Nations troops Dec. 29. Both victims—one a pastor—suggested the “peacekeepers” intentionally opened fire on a hostile, unarmed crowd.

I talked to President Gbagbo about U.N. support of his opponent, Alassane Ouatarra and I also asked him about the government blockade of Ouatarra and his supporters at the Golf Hotel. Federal troops still prevent access in and out of the hotel even though Gbagbo promised to lift the blockade. He now says he will do so once 300 armed Ouatarra supporters at the hotel lay down their weapons.

The stalemate continues.

Clip 1: Ouatarra’s Supporters need to Disarm

Clip 2: U.N. Protecting Ouatarra

Clip 3: U.N. Needs to Go

Clip 4: U.N. Troops Need Low Profile

Clip 5: Investigatory Commission Needed

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Comments on this post

# RE: Gbagbo: United Nations Needs to Go

How can you even interview Charles Ble Goude? a man wanted internationally for murder rape and inciting violence? Is this a man of God?

You might as well say that Josef Goebbels, Hitlers propaganda minister was a good Christian and deny the holocaust at the same time. Gary Lane.

You cannot honestly call yourself a Christian. Were you already paid for this by Lanny Davis?

There is no Muslim agenda in Cote d'Ivoire. People voted and they chose a man from the north, Allasane Ouattara who happens to be a buddhist in faith. 70% of Ouattara's votes came from the "Christian" south. Gary lane, you use the lords name in vain, you bear false witness. May the lord forgive you.
Left by MonkeyDubious on Jan 08, 2011 9:51 AM

# RE: Gbagbo: United Nations Needs to Go

The UN has become partial and partisan in favor of Alassane. It is no longer trustworthy. Worst, the rebels now dress in UN uniforms. The French and Alassane have no interest in the UN leaving, because it weakens their position against Gbagbo. But they must leave, and they will.
Left by STRONGIVORIAN on Jan 08, 2011 5:18 PM

# RE: Gbagbo: United Nations Needs to Go

I commend you Gary for covering this crisis in Ivory Coast. Mr. Dramane Ouattara has been a plague since he entered the Ivorian political scene in 1990. In 2002, he financed a rebellion to attack the Ivory Coast. The so called International Community did not say a word while people were killed and women were raped. Since then, the rebels along with the UN have been illegally exploiting diamond and other resources in the north part of the Ivory Coast.
Following the latest elections, it appears that the whole word is against the Ivory Coast and its elected president Mr Laurent Gbagbo. In spite of the continuous threat from the International Community, including the Obama administration, the Ivorian people continue to work and support their country. We are not alone and we are not afraid, because God is on our side. We will prevail because God wants the Ivory Coast to be free.
Thank you for a great reportage.
Left by Zeralaud on Jan 10, 2011 3:08 PM