(AND ROBBED THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL OF ITS IMPARTIALITY)
[WIKILEAKS / CABLEGATE, CABLE06LONDON7670]
Read this very attentively. The Ivory Coast undergoes for several years a revolting infringement on its sovereignty led by France.
The reasons of this doggedness are simple: France wants at all costs to place in the head of this country Mr. Alassane Ouattara. Collusive in the coup d’état of 2002, favorable to the rebellion and wanting at all costs Laurent Gbagbo’s head, France is clearly actively involved in this Ivory Coast crisis which has been going on for more than 10 years.
When will this injustice end?
Viewing cable 06LONDON7670, C) COTE D’IVOIRE: UK SHARES U.S. CONCERNS BUT DOES NOT WANT TO OPPOSE FRANCE IN UNSC
Reference ID: 06LONDON7670
Created: 2006-10-30 16:04
Released: 2011-01-13 05:05
Origin: Embassy London
DE RUEHLO #7670 3031614
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 301614Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY LONDON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0126
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHGG/UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS IMMEDIATE 2708
RUEHAB/AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN IMMEDIATE 0139
RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA IMMEDIATE 0175
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 0826
C O N F I D E N T I A L LONDON 007670
STATE FOR IO/UNP, AF/W, AF/FO, EUR/WE, L
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/30/2016
TAGS: PREL PGOV UNSC KPKO IC UK
SUBJECT: (C) COTE D’IVOIRE: UK SHARES U.S. CONCERNS BUT
DOES NOT WANT TO OPPOSE FRANCE IN UNSC
REF: STATE 179974
Classified By: PolMinCouns Maura Connelly; reason 1.4 (b, d)
Â¶1. (C) The UK shares U.S. concerns about the French draft UNSCR on Cote d’Ivoire (reftel) but wants to avoid being seen to lobby against France in the UNSC, according to FCO West Africa Section Head Jason Moore. He told Poloff October 30 that UKUN is working closely with USUN, hoping to reach an acceptable text closer to the language used by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council. Given President Gbagbo’s proven ability to manipulate the situation, a maximalist approach is needed, but it must remain within international law and precedent, Moore said, and there is no precedent for a UNSCR superseding the constitution of a sovereign state where the UN is not the executive. (We understand that the FCO Legal Adviser’s office has discussed this point with L.) Moore said Gbagbo had written to Prime Minister Blair last week rejecting any formula that would set aside his country’s national sovereignty in violation of the UN Charter.
Â¶2. (C) Moore found the French stance puzzling, because: – the hard line came from President Chirac personally but in no way implied a French willingness to serve as enforcer;- in HMG’s view, it is obvious that the UNSC would damage its credibility if it made grand pronouncements that it cannot or will not enforce.
Â¶3. (C) Moore was also surprised that France had managed to line up the support of African Security Council members Ghana and Republic of Congo, and unsure how it had succeeded in doing so. (Tanzania’s view is more in line with the UK’s, according to Moore.)