Security Council imposes sanctions on Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire

The Security Council has imposed sanctions against Laurent Ggbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire and his associates to force him to leave office.

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Mr. Gbagbo is refusing to concede defeat to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of last year’s presidential election in the West African country.

In a resolution unanimously adopted late on Wednesday, the Security Council demands an immediate end to the violence against civilians, including women, children and internally displaced people.

Ambassador U.Joy Ogwu of Nigeria, a co-sponsor of the resolution, warned that Côte d’Ivoire is at the risk of a relapse to civil war.

“Not only are civilians suffering from indiscriminate attacks, but there is mounting evidence that they are being specifically targeted. Such heinous acts violate international humanitarian law. The fact that the violence is beginning to take on ethnic and sectarian overtones, is an indication of the risk of a relapse to a recent state of civil war in Côte d’Ivoire.”

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