UN chief Ban Ki-moon has rejected Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo's demand to withdraw peacekeepers after the UN backed Gbagbo's rival as the winner of a Nov. 28 presidential vote. Ban vowed UN forces would document any human rights violations.
AFP - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Saturday rejected a demand that UN peacekeepers leave Ivory Coast, heightening the international confrontation with contested leader Laurent Gbagbo.
Ban also condemned attacks on UN troops in the West African nation and warned of "consequences" for those behind such action.
The United Nations and entire international community have backed Ouattara as winner of Ivory Coast's November 28 election, which was intended as a key stage in burying the legacy of the nation's 2002 civil war.
About 800 UN forces are protecting Ouattara's government headquarters in an Abidjan hotel, while Gbagbo retains the presidential palace and the loyalty of the Ivory Coast army.
The UN leader reaffirmed a warning made on Friday that "any attack on UN forces will be an attack on the international community and those responsible for these actions will be held accountable.
Date created : 2010-12-19