U.N. leader warns over 'worrying turn' in Ivory Coast
December 15th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

U.N. leader warns over 'worrying turn' in Ivory Coast

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the "political stalemate" in the Ivory Coast could lead to fighting and he repeated his call for the incumbent to leave office after losing the presidential runoff election last month.

"The situation is taking a worrying turn with unfolding events that could lead to widespread violence," Ban said in a statement Wednesday.

The developments include the recent threats by some commanders of the national security forces to resort to military options and clashes on Monday between security forces and ex-rebels supporting the internationally recognized winner of the election.

Ban reiterated his call on all parties "to exercise patience and refrain from any actions that could, accidentally or deliberately, provoke violence." He said in the "currently charged political environment such actions could have unpredictable consequences, including reigniting civil war."

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  1. Fred Bartkowski

    They have no resources, no oil, and no gullible middle class so screw them.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Homer Simpson

    thats why we will let them kill each other while we turn a blind eye

    December 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gbenga

    It is insulting when some people in the west reduce humanity to resources oil,diamonds and gullible middle class.You smile at their misfortune,they smile at your calamities.
    Fred is even so ignorant he doesnt know the cocoa used for chocolate he uses to please or pacify his wife or girlfriend largely comes from Cote D'Ivoire.
    Never mind,I blame our stupid african leaders who see their countries as personal estates which after a long abuse they bequeth to their offsprings.
    UN should do something NOW about CIV before it is too late

    December 16, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. ashley

    i just want to say, the leaders are well educated, why do they think for their own selfish needs, if they're in politics, they should work for their people, to try and bring peace and harmony, let the younger generation live in peace. why can't the leaders understand that. seems like they need to learn what peace means from a young child.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |