Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Italy: Anti-establishment mayor of Rome faces grim reality of power

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Refugees of rap: Using music to speak out about the Syrian war

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

Rise of populism: Could far-right leader Le Pen be France's next president?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Countdown to Brexit: 'The eyes of history are watching'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Brexit: Day One'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Charity begins on Twitter

Read more

THE DEBATE

Famine as a weapon of war: 20 million lives at risk in Africa, Yemen (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Famine as a weapon of war: 20 million lives at risk in Africa, Yemen (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Putin building bridge from annexed Crimea to mainland Russia

Read more

Comoros gears up for attack

Latest update : 2008-03-14

In the Comoran capital Moroni, preparations for a military operation against the nearby island of Anjouan are underway. FRANCE 24's chief correspondent Franck Berruyer met the victims of the breakaway island's ruthless ruler, Colonel Bacar.

It’s the last rehearsals before the final assault. The Comorian forces are ready to recapture the rebel island of Anjouan, currently headed by Colonel Mohamed Bacar.

On Moheli Island, a one-hour-sail from Ajouan, the soldiers are hopeful before the attack although they are poorly armed. They expect little resistance from their opponents.
“I’m certain that most of their troops will flee the area after the first bullet is shot,” Colonel Lieutenant Mohamed Amer Salimou, commander in chief of the Comorian army, told Franck Berruyer, FRANCE 24’s special correspondent in the Comoros. 
On the government benches one can feel the same clear optimism, which grows with the arrival of each boat carrying additional African Union forces.

“Now that we have been joined by coalition forces we can be certain that the damages will be minimal,” said Mohamed Bacar Dossar, director of the Presidency cabinet in charge of Defence issues. According to him and to government spokesman Abdourahim Saïd Bacar, a first contingent of AU Tanzanian forces arrived on Tuesday.

Our special correspondent reports that the operation should be underway by the end of the week, unless Mohamed Bacar decides to resign beforehand, under mounting international pressure.

The AU tried unsuccessfully to mediate an end to the Comorian crisis. It was triggered by Mohamed Bacar’s claim of victory in a June 2007 election which was not recognised by the AU or by the Comorian Union. Ajouan broke away from the Comoros in 1997.

Following France and the African Union, the United States was the latest to approve of a military intervention in the Comoros. The archipelago, which has about 700,000 inhabitants, has gone through a dozen of attempted coups since it gained independence in 1975.

Date created : 2008-03-11

COMMENT(S)