People of Côte d'Ivoire "faced their own destiny": UN envoy

The people of Côte d'Ivoire have been able to solve the political crisis which has troubled the West African country since disputed elections last November with only limited international support.

displaced Ivorians

displaced Ivorians

That’s according to the head of the United Nations mission in the country, Y.J. Choi who has been briefing the Security Council following the surrender of former President Laurent Gbagbo.

He said the crisis that erupted after last year’s presidential election when Mr. Gagbo refused to concede defeat to President Alassane Ouattara was unnecessary.

Forces loyal to President Ouattara marched on Abidjan and besieged the presidential residence where Mr. Gbagbo was holed up in a bunker until he eventually surrendered on Monday.

“Unlike some crises which have required a massive international intervention, the Ivorian crisis has been dealt with largely by the Ivorians themselves. The ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations Security Council have been providing the necessary framework within which the Ivorian people themselves have faced their own destiny.”

ECOWAS is the Economic Community of West African States.

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