Fighting in Abidjan condemned by UN

Fighting in the Yopougon and Abobo neighbourhoods of Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire has been condemned by the United Nations mission in the country, UNOCI.

Côte d'Ivoire

The mission says that its peacekeepers have started joint patrols with the Republican Forces to restore law and order in the city which is the commercial hub of the West African country.

Until the surrender of former President Laurent Gbagbo last week, forces loyal to democratically elected President Alassane Outtara fought against pro-Gbagbo troops in Abidjan.

Farhan Haq is a spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

“The UN Mission in Cote d’Ivoire, UNOCI, has deplored the ongoing fighting in the Yopougon and Abobo neighborhoods of Abidjan. The Mission says that these clashes could threaten efforts to bring back peace. ONUCI says it is discussing with the parties to resolve the situation. The Mission has also reinforced its presence in Yopougon. Yesterday, UNOCI started joint patrols with the Republican Forces of Cote d’Ivoire to bring back law and order quickly in Abidjan.”

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