Mbeki fears 'mass killings' in Ivory Coast
- From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
[Note. This is black on black violence after colonialism is gone... And
according to history... this is what it was like BEFORE colonialism came
Johannesburg - President Thabo Mbeki on Monday expressed his concern over
the deteriorating security situation in the Ivory Coast and the
increasing possibility of a resumption in that country's civil war.
Speaking at the opening of the 24th General Assembly of the World
Veterans Federation in Sandton, Mbeki called on the country's people to
look past petty differences at the consequences of war for themselves and
Referring to a recent book by Canadian General Romeo Dallaire, who
commanded United Nations troops in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide there,
Mbeki said it was time to banish war from the process of structuring
relations among human beings and between societies.
"This also applies to the Ivory Coast, which threatens to explode again
into an orgy of mass killings unless the people of that country find it
within themselves to respond to the call made by General Dallaire to
'rise above race, creed, colour, religion and national self-interest and
put the good of humanity above the good of our own little tribe'."
Mbeki was speaking a day after disgruntled soldiers briefly seized
control of Ivory Coast's state television headquarters to broadcast
demands that French and West African peacekeepers leave the war-divided
country so that the military could attack northern-based rebels at their
Although the country's civil war ended by agreement in July, the Ivory
Coast is still divided along the former frontline and the rebels are
refusing to take part in a power-sharing government.
They claim President Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to devolve powers as
provided for in a French-brokered peace deal in January.
Gbagbo, for his part, wants the rebels to disarm first.
The Ivory Coast has been politically volatile since its first coup in
About 4 000 French and 1 200 West African peacekeepers are patrolling the
no man's land between the antagonists.