France to help ICC's Cote d'Ivoire investigation: defense chief

10:28, April 08, 2011      

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France's peacekeeping mission in Cote d'Ivoire will provide evidence collected in the African country to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for possible investigation, French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said Thursday.

The evidence were gathered when Operation Licorne was stationed in Abidjan, the economic capital of the country, in support of the UN operation on the ground, he told the nation's Senate.

Operation Licorne began shortly after the outbreak of the Ivorian Civil War in 2002.

As the unrest intensified in later years, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution in 2004 to establish the United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) to carry out peacekeeping across the country.

The UN later approved additional resolutions to authorize the French force to use all necessary means in support of UNOCI.

An ICC prosecutor announced Wednesday an investigation would be opened into massacres committed during the clashes between pro- and anti-government forces in Cote d'Ivoire.

Source: Xinhua
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