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Amid Discussion of Cutting Cocoa Customs & Paying Gbagbo Army, UN Is Listening

Di 11. Jan, 2011 18:42 von Inner City Press von Matthew Russell Lee (noreply@blogger.com)

UNITED NATIONS, January 7 — In and around the UN in New York there is open talk about trying to cut off Laurent Gbagbo’s access to cocoa customs in Cote d’Ivoire, or to paying bribes to his military to defect. But is UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon part of these discussions?

Among Security Council members the date of January 16 is named for when payment is due to Gbagbo’s military. One Ambassador told some of the press that Gbagbo’s military is being told that “the ICC is watching,” and that ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo told the Council that not only Ouattara but also Gbagbo recently called him. France is described as trying to blockade cocoa custom funds to Gbagbo.

Inner City Press on January 7 asked Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky if, during Ban’s video conferences with his envoy in Abidjan Choi Young-jin the two speak on these topics. “The Mission monitors such developments with a close eye,” Nesirky replied. He added that “the Mission keep Headquarters informed… They assess every aspect across the spectrum.” Audio here, from Minute 18:40.

To some, this was a surprising answer.

When Ouattara called for a Special Forces action against Gbagbo and Inner City Press asked Nesirky about it, he replied that the UN favors a diplomatic solution. Watch this site.

Inner City Press asked Nesirky how the UN could conclude that the deadly fighting in Douekou was not related to the Gbagbo – Ouattara standoff. Rather than explain, Nesirky read out a note that a seven person team from Abidjan will go to Douekou with aid and to assess. Then what?

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