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Latest Ivorian Civil War Stories

2006-08-31 12:07:52

By Peter Murphy ABIDJAN (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday urged Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and his opponents to use talks set for next week to untangle the political deadlock which is obstructing elections in the war-divided country. Repeated wrangles over identification and disarmament schemes mean a U.N.-set October 31 deadline to hold national polls will be missed, raising fears of unrest in a nation which has been split in two since a brief 2002/2003 civil...

2006-08-08 10:43:28

By Peter Murphy BOUAKE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Rebels holding the north of Ivory Coast said on Tuesday they would not accept President Laurent Gbagbo remaining in power after an October 31 deadline for holding elections in the West African state. The ultimatum set the rebel New Forces on a collision course with Gbagbo, who -- with the polls widely expected to be delayed -- vowed on Sunday to remain in office until they take place. "There will be no question of the New Forces...

2006-08-07 06:50:11

By Loucoumane Coulibaly ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has said he wants to hold long-delayed elections by the end of the year but insisted he will stay in office in the war-divided nation until they take place. His statement late on Sunday on the eve of Independence Day appeared to throw down the gauntlet to the United Nations which must decide next month whether to further extend Gbagbo's mandate if polls are not held by a scheduled Oct 31 deadline. A...

2006-07-05 16:23:17

By Peter Murphy YAMOUSSOUKRO (Reuters) - War-divided Ivory Coast's government and rebels, under pressure from African leaders and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, agreed on deadlines on Wednesday to meet a timetable for elections by end-October. Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and the chief of the New Forces rebels Guillaume Soro agreed to re-set the deadline for the disarmament of pro-government militia in the world's top cocoa grower to July 31, after two dates were already...

2006-04-13 20:30:45

By Peter Murphy ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Heading to class, law student Jacques Koffi makes his morning stop at a roadside news stand to cast an eye over the front pages of Ivory Coast's papers -- a barometer of tension in the war-divided country. "This reassures me," he said, gesturing to the tales of political tiffs and routine government business which have begun to take the place of hysterical rumors of rebel attacks. "Sometimes the headlines make you feel sick with worry, but there's...

2006-04-01 11:44:22

By Loucoumane Coulibaly YAMOUSSOUKRO (Reuters) - Ivory Coast rebels held their first talks in eight months with army chiefs of staff on Saturday, reopening the door to disarmament negotiations to reunite the war-divided West African country. The New Forces rebels' military commander Soumaila Bakayoko sat shoulder to shoulder with army chief General Philippe Mangou for the brief meeting in the Ivorian capital Yamoussoukrou, in the government-controlled south. The two sides agreed to...

2006-03-24 18:40:00

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan renewed a plea on Friday for more U.N. peacekeepers in Ivory Coast, warning the Security Council that security there remained fragile and could deteriorate quickly. The 15-nation council last month approved the transfer of a small mechanized unit from Liberia to bolster the peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast but rejected Annan's request for an extra 3,400 soldiers and 475 police officers. The United States, which pays...

2006-03-23 10:46:39

By Loucoumane Coulibaly ABIDJAN (Reuters) - U.N. peacekeepers have started returning to the west of war-divided Ivory Coast after abandoning their bases during anti-U.N. riots in January, the mission's military spokesman said on Thursday. Several hundred blue helmets fled four bases during the riots across the government-controlled south, after shooting dead five youths who broke into their base in the town of Guiglo and tried to steal weapons. U.N. military spokesman Colonel Omar...

2006-03-14 15:51:27

By Peter Murphy ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's rebel leader Guillaume Soro returned to the main city Abidjan on Tuesday to join a new transitional government aiming to reunite the country, split by a 2002-03 civil war. Guillaume Soro, whose rebel New Forces have held the north of the world's top cocoa grower since 2002, walked out of a previous interim government 17 months ago but has now rejoined an administration set up under a U.N.-backed peace plan. His return represents a...

2006-02-28 16:18:55

By Peter Murphy YAMOUSSOUKRO (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's rival faction leaders met on home territory for the first time on Tuesday since the start of a three-year-old conflict and agreed on several measures to try to revive a stagnant peace process. President Laurent Gbagbo, rebel leader Guillaume Soro and opposition politicians gathered at a huge glass and marble conference center in the capital Yamoussoukro under the protection of U.N. peacekeepers, government and rebel soldiers....