United Nations and African Union to meet over Côte d’Ivoire crisis

The lack of consensus among African leaders on how to resolve the political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire is worrying, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

Refugees fleeing Côte d'Ivoire

Refugees fleeing Côte d'Ivoire

Mr Ban says he will be meeting with African Union leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to seek a peaceful end to the crisis.

Côte d’Ivoire has been in a political turmoil since the November 29 presidential elections. The international community believes the vote was won by Alassane Ouattara.

However the incumbent Laurent Gbagbo has defiantly refused to cede power.

“I think a lot is at stake. Fundamental principle of democracy is that the genuine will of the people should be reflected. In this case people of Ivory Coast should be fully respected which it has been demonstrated and expressed in the recent presidential election. I would urge again that Mr. Gbagbo and his camp should fully respect the will of the Cote d’Ivoire people which had been expressed through the election.”

The political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire has driven over 31,000 Ivorians into Liberia, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

Another 20,000 Ivorians have been internally displaced.

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