UN warns of "possibility of genocide" in Côte d'Ivoire

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• As the political impasse continues in Côte d’Ivoire, the United Nations has warned of the possibility of genocide in the West African country. Edward Luck, the UN Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect, says that crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing could be  precursors to actual genocide.

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UN warns of possibility of genocide" in Côte d'Ivoire

Urgent action is needed to avert the possibility of genocide, in Côte d'Ivoire according to a senior United Nations official.

Francis Deng

Francis Deng

The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Francis Deng said he is particularly disturbed by allegations that the armed forces and militia groups that back opposing camps in the current political crisis are recruiting and arming ethnic groups.

He said genocide was a real threat.

“We remain gravely concerned about the possibility of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing in Côte d’Ivoire. We believe that urgent steps should be taken in line with the responsibility to protect to avert the risk of genocide and to ensure the protection of all those at risk of mass atrocities.”

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