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Mbeki fears 'mass killings' in Ivory Coast

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  • pbs@iafrica.com
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2003
      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
      here. Jan]

      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
      their neighbours.

      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
      convenience.

      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
      December 1999.

      About 4 000 French and 1 200 West African peacekeepers are patrolling the
      no man's land between the antagonists.

      Source: NEWS24.COM
      URL:
      http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,6119,2-11-1447_1453302,00.html
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