Latest Ivorian Civil War Stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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