It is time for the people of the Ivory Coast to glimpse a more radiant future for their country. At the conclusion of its meetings with the protagonists of the conflict electoral comment, the high-level panel appointed by the African Union has just made a wise and logical proposition, completely in line with all the initiatives that have been undertaken.
It is necessary to say that all the mediations, that came at first in the logic to threaten president Laurent Gbagbo of an armed attack or to oblige him to leave the power, have moved back in front of proofs of massive frauds, of the revelations on the big errors of Mr Choi representative of the UN, and especially in front of the Ivory Coast population which has never supported Mr Ouattara.
All the mediations have proposed a peaceful outcome for the good of the nation. The African Union has appointed five heads of state to propose a solution of the last chance.
Surprise and bewilderment seize inhabitants of the Ivory Coast in the view of the sad show which is served to them by the ridiculous » Republic of the Golf « , during the last week, the Ouattara camp has made a fool of themselves.
At first, Mr. Guillaume Soro, Minister of Alassane Ouattara has the presumptuousness to augur the failure of the panel, and threatens the country of a bloody war, he said: » we are heavily equipped « . Then, the RHDP calls the inhabitants of the Ivory Coast to an » orange revolution » which turned out to be a real loud flop, so much the inhabitants of the Ivory Coast ignored it. Then, with the support of France and the European Union, he accentuates the pressures, the penalties and the hardships of any orders, without any logical sense to lower the people at the state of animals and urge them to pour in streets. To finish, the Ouattara camp throws a real bloody guerrilla war from two districts of Abidjan (Abobo and Koumassi) by placing armed men within groups of young people and by distributing weapons to the young people in said districts.
All this did not bring the expected effect. Today, the Ivory Coast says simply: Mr Ouattara enough!!! Enough of your wars, your bloody coups, enough of the inhuman sufferings imposed on a whole people, enough of the division which only you represent… ENOUGH!!!
But Mr Ouattara, father of the Ivory Coast rebellion, advances henceforth openly. He saw the wind turning in his disfavour and thus seized the first pretext to try to oppose to the panel. His support and accomplice in the destabilization of Ivory Coast, Mr. Blaise Compaoré president of the Burkina Faso, refused at the quite last minute to go to Abidjan, setting as pretext the completely ridiculous reasons of security. Can a head of state be in danger in Abidjan? Ouattara needed a reason. The absence of Compaoré allowed him to give some voice to the president of the commission of the ECOWAS (who does not speak in the name of all the heads of state of the ECOWAS, let us specify it), to begin to criticize the panel.
Pathetic manipulation. Is it necessary to remind here that the ECOWAS always showed its deep division on the case of Ivory Coast?
Mr. Pedro Pires, president of the Cape Verde, had already pronounced on December 24th: » I am ready to get involved in the search for a peaceful solution of the crisis which rages in Ivory Coast. I wish that this mediation joins within the framework of that undertaken by the African Union ( UA) « . The president Pires had also called the international community to adopt a more moderate position because, he said, » the extreme positions will not help to find a peaceful way of exit to this crisis « .
Mr. Yayi Boni, president of Benin, said on January 19th, 2011: » Laurent Gbagbo has reasons for claiming, by defending, thus, a negotiated solution, as for example the sharing of power, can help to resolve quickly the situation «
Mr. Atta Mills, president of Ghana pronounced himself on December 30th, 2010 by asserting that Ghana would not send troops to Ivory Coast and that it was firmly against the recourse to the strength to make president Gbagbo leave.
Mr. Faure Gnassingbé and Mr. Yayi Boni repeated this on February 5th of this year, they have together called in search of » peaceful and long-lasting solutions » to the political crisis in Ivory Coast.
Several other African countries are strongly opposed to the military option recommended by the West (in particular France), to solve this crisis. South Africa, Angola, Gambia, as well as Russia, China, Brazil have showed their discords as for the usage of the strength in the crisis that troubles the country.
Then? How to understand the bloodthirsty attitude of Mr Ouattara? He and his Prime Minister show clearly that they have only the taste of the blood of the inhabitants of the Ivory Coast that they seem definite to want to see pouring. Even more depressing: making four heads of state hoot by his partisans in the Golf, refusing to receive the heads of state at first… no childishness will be spared to the inhabitants of the Ivory Coast by Mr Ouattara who shows that he does not care about the sufferings of the Ivorians.
Ouattara fails in all his attempts and makes the Ivorians suffer in a disgusting way with the help and support of France:
- Calls to the » revolution Orange » without any success: except for some excitements in two districts of Abidjan (!!!!), the capital and the rest of the country royally ignored the wild imaginings of Guillaume SORO and Alassane OUATTARA
- Launch of violent attacks against official government forces perpetrated by heavily armed rebels infiltrated in the small groups of » demonstrators with naked hands «
- Transformation of the municipality of Abobo in a real armory and weapons deposit by the routing and the distribution of weapons to the young people with the complicity of the UNOCI
- Threats of bloody war uttered by Guillaume SORO
- Accentuation of the sadistic pressure on the population, which, contrary to all expectations, does not still lift up itself, by depriving them of all their elementary rights: food, money, transport, health, etc.
Why to show so much contempt for the initiatives undertaken by the African Union? Why, if he has nothing to hide or to blame himself for, does he systematically block against all the approaches with the aim of a peaceful outcome since this « crisis » started?
Today, he must understand that the Ivorians vomit him and want to finish with him once and for all.
Ivory Coast: Abidjan attack kills 10 soldiers
BBC – 23.02.2011 (extracts)
The army vehicles were attacked in an area aligned to his rival, Alassane Ouattara, who is recognised by the UN as the winner of last year’s polls.
An African Union-backed panel is in the country to try to resolve the crisis.
It is the AU’s latest attempt to mediate the situation in Ivory Coast, which has endured since both Mr Gbagbo and Mr Ouattara each declared victory in presidential elections in November.
Four vehicles belonging to the security forces were ambushed in the Abobo neighbourhood on Tuesday. « All the occupants were killed, » a security source told the AFP news agency.
A medical source said at least two injured troops were admitted to hospital, the report added.
The clashes in Abobo were said to have continued for most of the day, witnesses said.
Meanwhile, the AU panel of four African presidents – from South Africa, Tanzania, Chad and Mauritania – met Mr Ouattara on Tuesday after traveling to Abidjan earlier this week.
« Your mission is for us a last-chance mission because seven others have come before you, » Mr Ouattara told them, AFP reported.
The South African government, whose President Jacob Zuma is a panel member, said their proposals focus on the creation of a power-sharing interim government until new elections can be held.
The panel met with Mr Gbagbo on Monday.
Violence has continued to escalate since the elections, with Amnesty International warning on Tuesday of a « human rights black hole » in the country.
The human rights organization says it has evidence of rape and extrajudicial killings being committed by both sides.
« The eyes of the world may have shifted from the political stalemate… but the abuses are clearly continuing, » Gaetan Mootoo, one of the Amnesty researchers, said in a statement.
The “international community,” led by France and the United States, is perpetrating a crime against humanity in Cote d’Ivoire and we ought to speak out
In their resolve to install a puppet government in Cote d’Ivoire, President Sarkozy of France and President Obama of the United States of America are using against 20 million people humiliating coercive methods that would not be acceptable in any civilized society:
President Sarkozy and Obama have decided to precipitate the deaths by hunger of thousands of children, women, and elderly people, hoping that it would cause the inhabitants of Cote d’Ivoire to turn against President Laurent Gbagbo and drive him out of office, so as to open up the possibility of installing his rival Alassane Ouattara in the presidential palace.
And so, in a move whose logic defies the oft-spoken-about self-righteous principles of globalization, France and the United States have set about to financially constrict the tiny West African country of Cote d’Ivoire until its tortured populations give in to the contemptible international blackmail and, out of starvation, accept to be governed by a man of France and America’s choosing.
After compelling European Union and American coffee and cocoa traders to halt any business transactions with Ivorian planters, Sarkozy and Obama have successfully pressured French and American banks in Cote d’Ivoire to indefinitely close their doors to their customers. Within hours of intervals, and without any due warning, City Bank and Paribas closed their branch banks in Abidjan, leaving the thousands of private customers who have entrusted them with their savings in distress and with no where to turn to.
In a country where ten years of a savage rebellion led by Ouattara have already weakened the social structure and driven thousands of refugees from the rebel-held north to the south, for these banks to prevent citizens access to their lawful savings is criminal, as it will indubitably further deteriorate the health of the numerous weak (many of whom are children, women and elderly) who depend on these banks’ clients for their daily sustenance and care. It is inconceivable that at the dawn of the New Millennium, when sanctimonious speeches about self-determination, the greatness and unity of mankind, compassion, and global connectedness abound, world leaders can still engage is such petty politics reminiscent of school yard bullying.
It is not by causing the deaths of twenty million Ivorians that Sarkozy and Obama should hope to put their buddy in power. A post-electoral crisis is not a sufficient enough reason to wish hell on a country. At one time, America, too, had its post-electoral crisis, and the rest of the world did not stand by and wish that the sky should fall on America. In the name of what can a country thousands of miles away think that it has right of life and death on another country? What is that “thing,” that extraordinary essence, that makes the people of one country believe that it is intellectually and morally more beautiful than the people of another country? What is that wisdom that makes the people of one country think that it is closer to “God” than the people of another country? Where does that presumptuousness, that self-righteousness, that big complex of superiority, come from? Before we set about to starve children, women and elderly people elsewhere in the world in the name of politics, perhaps it would be enlightening that we stop and think about how we would feel if our own children, women and elderly were starved to death because of political disagreements. America should not do onto others as it would not have others do onto it.
Hundreds of Ivory Coast cocoa farmers have burned sacks of beans in protest at EU sanctions intended to force Laurent Gbagbo from power
BBC – 17.02.2011
The EU, like the UN and the African Union, recognizes Alassane Ouattara as the rightful winner of November’s election.
Financial sanctions have been imposed on institutions seen as backing Mr Gbagbo. The country’s largest bank has ceased trading – the fifth this week. French bank Societe Generale said it was shutting down its Ivorian subsidiary SGBCI because it is “no longer able to ensure the short term supply of currency/cash to our branches”.
There have been long queues of people outside banks in the main city Abidjan this week after the other banks shut down. Ivory Coast is part of the eight-country West African CFA monetary zone, with a single central bank based in Dakar, Senegal, which has refused to deal with Mr Gbagbo’s administration.
Diplomats hope that Mr Gbagbo will have no option but to stand down if he is no longer able to pay civil servants, especially members of the security forces.
“We reject EU sanctions on our cocoa because we are not involved in politics,” Blehoue Aka, president of the planters’ association, said at the protest outside the EU headquarters in Abidjan. “We are growers and without cocoa, we and our families risk dying,” he said as he delivered a letter of protest, reports the Reuters news agency.
Ivory Coast is the biggest cocoa producer in the world and the price of cocoa has been trading at its highest levels for a year. Exporters have stopped registering new beans for export as a result of the sanctions, as well as a ban called for by Mr Ouattara.
The UN-backed electoral commission says Mr Ouattara won November’s election but the Constitutional Council overruled it, citing rigging in the north, controlled by rebels who support Mr Ouattara.
The long-delayed elections had been supposed to reunify the country – once the richest in West Africa – which has been divided since a 2002 civil war.
Ivory Coast: when politics leads to paralysis
France 24 – 18.02.2011
The political deadlock in Ivory Coast and ensuing sanctions have plunged the country into an unprecedented economic crisis, bringing unemployment, fuel shortages and dwindling supplies of everyday essentials. The crisis is a growing burden on the daily lives of Ivorians, who are the primary victims of the situation.
The post-election crisis in Ivory Coast has dragged on now for more than two months. Both the outgoing leader Laurent Gbagbo and opposition leader Alassane Ouattara have been sworn in as president (only Mr Gbagbo has been sworn in according to the laws and Constitution of the country), and they and their supporters remain in political deadlock. During the crisis, much has been said of the country’s two governments, but what has life been like for the Ivorian people? How are they coping in these unprecedented circumstances? There are growing signs that the economy is suffering, and that everyday life is becoming increasingly strained.
Our reporters visited different areas of Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan, to witness everyday life and how it has changed. Citizens say that the cost of living has shot up since the political crisis, and that they’re now only eating one meal per day. And businesses are warning of mounting logistical and cash flow problems, which for them spell danger ahead.
Ivory Coast: Gunmen Kill Soldiers Loyal to Laurent Gbagbo
Voice of America – 23.02.2011
Authorities in Ivory Coast say gunmen have shot and killed at least three soldiers loyal to incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, in the capital, Abidjan.
The violence erupted Tuesday, in a neighborhood that supports Alassane Ouattara.
The shooting in Abobo occurred on the same day Ouattara said the current effort to resolve the country’s political crisis is a « last resort. »
Ouattara met in Abidjan with four African presidents from a panel appointed by the African Union to settle the crisis.
The AU leaders met on Monday with Mr. Gbagbo, who has resisted intense pressure to cede power to Ouattara.
The AU mission includes the presidents of South Africa, Chad, Mauritania and Tanzania.
Ouattara’s supporters have called for an Egypt-style revolution to force out the incumbent president.
International and regional sanctions against Mr. Gbagbo are driving down Ivory Coast’s economy. On Tuesday, Ouattara extended a ban on cocoa imports to March 15. The ban is aimed at pressuring Gbagbo to relinquish power.
South Africa urges caution on Ivory Coast crisis
The Independant – 18.02.2011
A debate over who won elections in Ivory Coast would set back attempts to resolve the crisis, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the South African Foreign Minister, said yesterday.
She described the outcome of Ivory Coast’s November elections as « inconclusive » and refused to say who South Africa believed had won.
International organisations say Alassane Ouattara was the victor, but incumbent Laurent Gbagbo has refused to step down. The stand-off has led to a humanitarian crisis and fears of civil war.