France, UNOCI continues operation to neutralize Gbagbo's force

16:35, April 11, 2011      

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Smoke billows from the presidential palace compound in Abidjan on April 10, 2011. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon agreed to continue the joint operation to neutralize the force loyal to Cote d'Ivoire strongman Laurent Gbagbo, according to a statement published by the Elysee Palace on Monday.

In line with UN resolution 1975 and agreement with elected President of Cote d'Ivoire, Alassane Outtara, UN chief has demanded French president to continue the participation of French force in the operation, and French president agreed on this demand, the statement said.

France has authorized its force Licorne stationed there to "neutralize" the heavy weapons of Gbagbo's force in joint operation with the UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI).

Sarkozy has fostered the United Nations in all means to rapidly restore the security of the population and the basic service in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Cote d'Ivoire, the statement added.

In Abidjan that cornered Gbagbo and his loyalists, according to the French presidency, Cote d'Ivoire population, UN troops and foreign diplomatic envoys were still attacked by heavy weapons in several districts of the city.

"Yesterday, the Golf Hotel, where President Allassane Ouattara is sheltering under the protection of the United Nations, suffered a direct attack by Laurent Gbagbo's force," the statement said, adding the humanitarian situation in these districts were alarming.

In the statement, Sarkozy repeated France's firm support to "Ouattara's intention to bring all perpetrators of such abuses before national and international courts."

Cote d'Ivoire has plunged into violence since Gbagbo refused to leave office and hand power to Ouattara last year. Violent fights between the two camps has led to many civilian deaths and caused hundreds of thousands of refugees.

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