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Ivory Coast: UN Steps Up Diplomacy In Support Of Opposition Presidential Victor

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 8, 2010

The United Nations today intensified its diplomatic moves over Côte d’Ivoire, where outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo insists he won last month’s elections despite UN certification of his rival Alassane Ouattara as the clear victor.

At UN Headquarters in New York the Security Council discussed the issue while in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Y. J. Choi briefed an extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the elections, which were a key step in efforts to reunite a country split in two by civil war in 2002.

The summit endorsed Mr. Choi’s certification of Mr. Ouattara as president-elect, called on Mr. Gbagbo to “yield power without delay” in the best interests of his country, and hailed the UN’s “key role” in the conduct of the elections under democratically acceptable conditions.

“Considering the distance Côte d’Ivoire has travelled, ignoring the will of the Ivorian people at this stage would be a let down of the people of Côte d’Ivoire and a waste of significant resources invested over the past eight years by the international community,” Mr. Choi told the Council by video link from Abuja before it went into closed session.

Mr. Choi’s certification of Mr. Ouattara last Friday as the newly-elected president followed the declaration of his victory by Côte d’Ivoire’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the 28 November run-off vote, giving Mr. Ouattara 54.1 per cent of the vote to 45.9 per cent for Mr. Gbagbo.

The result he obtained as certifier of the elections was clear, Mr. Choi said: “There was one winner with an irrefutable margin.”

But the head of the country’s Constitutional Council declared the IEC announcement null and void, citing irregularities in Mr. Ouattara’s northern base where it cancelled returns from four regions, and it proclaimed Mr. Gbagbo the winner.

Mr. Ban, who endorsed Mr. Choi’s certification, has been in close contact with African leaders, including President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, who has played a leading role in efforts to bring stability to Côte d’Ivoire’s, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, current ECOWAS chairman, and President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi, African Union (AU) chairman

He also discussed the situation with the Chair of the AU Commission, Jean Ping, when the two met today on the sidelines of the UN climate change conference in Cancún, Mexico. He underlined the important role of the AU in resolving the situation in Côte d’Ivoire, and reiterated the need to respect the will of the Ivorian people, according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

In his briefing to the Council, Mr. Choi noted that internal divisions within the IEC had been exacerbated by security forces and stressed that even disallowing all the cancelled votes would not undo Mr. Ouattara’s victory.

Speaking to a closed session of the ECOWAS summit, he reviewed the measures taken by the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) to reach an objective certification of the results.

The West African country, the world’s largest cocoa exporter, was split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-controlled south and a rebel-held north. UNOCI, with a current strength of over 9,000 uniformed personnel, has been supporting reunification efforts, of which November’s vote, already delayed five years, was a principal step.

One Response to “Ivory Coast: UN Steps Up Diplomacy In Support Of Opposition Presidential Victor”

  1. Sanction/Cut of Diplomatic Ties can’t work in an ethnic/regional fractured Ivory Coast.

    Technically, Sanction or Cut of Bilateral/Diplomatic Ties can’t work in an Ethnic/Regional fractured Ivory Coast or force Regional Self installed current President Laurent Gbagbo to hand over power to another Regional Self acclaimed Winner Alassane Ouattara as the real issue is not election matter but the Political Power contest between President Laurent Gbagbo led Native Ivorian and Alassane Ouattara led Immigrants or Ivorian with foreign roots whose identifications are assumed not to be Ivorian supported France who used its international Media and networks/connection to back Alassane Ouattara after France had some collaborative misunderstandings with the Former Ivorian President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on how he did handle the looted wealth of former President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko, kept in his custody in Vatican Bank, which Félix Houphouët-Boigny utilized in developing his hometown of Yamoussoukro, where he built the world’s largest church, named the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro,at a cost of US$300 million, leaving an account balance of only US$5million at time of his death, this, irritated France and created this behind scene political animosity between Ivorian native and French.

    Since, Cote d’Ivoire like any other African Countries which have been colonized, inherited an imbalanced Political & Economic Structures/National Frameworks with foul or colonial manipulative Constitution with non Operative Governmental infrastructures from past Colonization, are grappling with the reality and inability to run their States Politically and Economically, as Colonial Boo Boo Traps with Colonial raise self serving bankrupt Elite, with sometime traditional recruited Scouts acting as State Military took Power in pretext of removing Corrupt Civil Regime, only to install their ethnic Agenda and ruined the State, as their Military Rule is run through non institutional principles and ethnic bias.

    Until a Proper National Ethnic Conference under aegis of UN as to formulate the best co-existing Constitutions and to work out general ethnic agreement on its framework on how vast African minerals and agricultural products with its abundant manpower could be harnessed and distributed for equitable development and Peace. African Election shall be used as point of ethnic challenge, source of pouring out bottled Anger/mistrusted Aggravation or Political Ethnic Contest for State Power Control as any ethnic group that had Political Power’s advantage, always use it for its ethnic Political Power’s advantage.

    Since the death of late President of Cote d’Ivoire, Felix Houphouet-Boigny that brought Mr. Alassane Ouattara a technocrat, trained as an economist and having worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) to assist Ivory Coast in financial development and later become the Ivorian Prime Minister but late Felix Houphouet-Boigny was aging with ill health, changed a section of the Ivorian Constitution which allowed Mr. Henri Konan Bédié, then the President of the National Assembly to succeed late Felix Houphouet-Boigny as Ivorian President and France with Mr. Alassane Ouattara and his political Associates should know that it is technical difficult for Mr. Alassane Ouattara with its French imposed pressure/connection for non Ivorian Native to assume Political Power despite the international Rallies/Support, as what is paramount in Ivory Coast is that long time/short time Immigrants with almost two third Ivorian Population to assume Power, will restructure Ivory Coast to detriment of minority Native whom the aggrieved swollen neighboring Countries’ Citizens who felt that we were part and parcels of Ivory Coast development and culture.

    The intellectual confusion over the world is why French is bent on Son of an immigrant of taking political power in Ivory Coast as native Ivorian want immigrants to enjoy all right except highest Political Office-the President, since the country is native originated and not a settling/emigrating Country. There is academic perception that French was hurt when late Felix Houphouet-Boigny utilized the looted Mobutu Se Seko Zaire stolen Wealth in secretly developing Ivory Coast but what of King Hassan of Morocco who could not account Mobutu looted wealth, which led his untimely death, with late Mobutu briefly stay in Morocco as to recover his wealth back to France before his death.

    Ironically, there is sources which factually revealed that the Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo won the Ivorian election on basis of all countered votes of Ivorian Votes with verifiable National ID, while Alassane Ouattara won its election on strength of all votes cast by all Voters with unverifiable National ID and that is why most African Countries could not be able to have credible National ID which is pancreas for peaceful credible election and to safeguard its Citizen from violent crime and to promote development with better welfare for its citizens. Also, all developed with some better developing nations have credible verifiable national ID cards in place as it augur easy & peaceful Elections and ease better developmental benefits for all its citizens but why it is allowed in Africa and this, have caused Africa a lot destruction and lost, when UN with West can impose that World/IMF can recognize or do official business with any African Country that does not have credible National Identity Cards in operation, but they are silent on this and this wicked collaboration that ruin Africa and create huge emigration problem for West and other developed Nations. Africans are waiting for the world to assist them in project that creates peace and development.

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    Mazi Patrick
    Historian, Thinker & Writer

    Mazi literal works is an African literal Organization based in political/historical writing and international Research.

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