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Ouattara Calls for UN Action in Ivory Coast
News Date: 22nd March 2011


Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, has called on the United Nations to authorize “legitimate force” to protect civilians caught in post-election violence.



Mr. Ouattara's comments Monday came as fighters loyal to his side said they captured a fifth western town, as violent clashes increase with supporters of incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo.



New Forces rebels said they seized the town of Blolekin near the Liberia border after heavy fighting against pro-Gbagbo forces.



The United Nations and African Union recognize Mr. Ouattara as the winner of a presidential election in November, but Mr. Gbagbo has defied international calls to turn over power to his rival.



In the commercial city of Abidjan, thousands of youths massed Monday outside the Defense Ministry to join the pro-Gbagbo army.



Since the election, clashes between supporters of the rival presidents have killed more than 435 people. Aid groups say about 90,000 people have fled to neighboring Liberia and some 300,000 have been displaced in Abidjan.


Source: www.voanews


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