Ghana says not to support military intervention in Cote d'Ivoire

10:00, January 08, 2011      

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President of Ghana John Evans Atta Mills said on Friday that his country would not support the use of military force to overthrow incumbent President of Cote d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo as it would not bring peace to the neighboring country.

Meeting the media to mark the beginning of his third year in power as president of the West African country, President Mills expressed his fear that the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire would have rippling effect in Ghana.

Although Mills was one of the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States who signed a communiqué asking Gbagbo to step down, Ghana is unable to contribute troops to remove Gbagbo.

"It is not for Ghana to choose a leader for Cote d'Ivoire. I have spoken to both (Alassane) Ouattara and Gbagbo and I can not make it public but I do not think the military operation will bring peace to the nation," He declared.

Ghana has already sent as many as 500 troops to Cote d'Ivoire and hundreds of other troops in peace keeping missions in other parts of the world. Its military is already over stretched.

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