Calm returns to Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire

Calm is returning to Abidjan, the commercial hub of Côte d'Ivoire where water electricity and basic services have been restored in some parts of the city.

refugees from Côte d'Ivoire

refugees from Côte d'Ivoire

Abidjan has been under siege for several weeks as forces loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo and President Alassane Ouattara continued to fight for supremacy.

Mr. Gbagbo refused to concede defeat in last year’s presidential election but surrendered on Monday.

Farhan Haq is UN spokesman.

The UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire, UNOCI, reports that calm is being restored in Abidjan. Water, electricity, and basic services have been restored in some areas of the city. Businesses are re-opening and traffic is returning to the streets. The Mission is actively patrolling Abidjan to establish a confidence building presence. UNOCI adds that the ports at Abidjan and San Pedro are expected to open early next week as well as banks.”

Humanitarian agencies have appealed for $160 million to provide food, education, water health care and sanitation to as many as two million people throughout Côte d’Ivoire.

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