U.N.: 3 peacekeepers shot in Ivory Coast
Residents and barricades block U.N. peacekeepers in the Ivory Coast.
January 12th, 2011
01:03 PM ET

U.N.: 3 peacekeepers shot in Ivory Coast

Three United Nations peacekeepers were shot and injured Tuesday night by the forces of self-declared President Laurent Gbagbo, the U.N. operation in Ivory Coast said in a statement on Wednesday.

The peacekeepers were returning from a patrol when they were shot, the U.N. operation said.

The shootings came a day after the United Nations Security Council condemned the violence that has erupted since the country's November 28 presidential runoff election and "urged all parties to exercise restraint."

The nation was plunged into crisis when an independent commission declared Alassane Ouattara the winner of the election, but incumbent Gbagbo refused to leave office. The United Nations and an increasing number of countries have recognized Ouattara, a former prime minister, as the rightful winner.

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  1. Timothy Regan

    What ris the world waiting for,,, wait there must not b any oil there!!

    January 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • di santo

      They do have off shore oil, its part of why Gbagbo thinks the west wants ouattara in power, cause his foreign policy and close ties the west...

      January 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Taiwo, Lagos, Nigeria

    I think it is time the UN stops the illegality in Ivory coast before a lot of lives are lost in that country. Gbagbo cannot be bigger than the whole world

    January 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cold War Veteran

    The world would certainly have fought a lot more wars, and millions more people would have died of disease and starvation, had it not been for the UN.

    Many of the anti-UN posters' comments demonstrate a profound ignorance of the subject.

    No rational proponent of the UN is claiming it is perfect. But I can say from experience that if it were not for the brave soldiers of the UN providing a buffer of peace in the world's most dangerous places, countless lives would have been lost. Ask anyone whose life has been saved by the UN what they think of them.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kuro

    only way to solve the problem in africa is to bomb the whole country and repopulate it.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sly

      Dumb much. Africa is not a country.

      January 13, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sees All Evil

    Who does gbagbo think he is george w bushbo? He's voted out and stays in office imagine that! glad that couldnt happen here or did it? hmmmm.....

    January 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Don't blame him! The corrupted armies and officers are protecting their interests to keep him in power. Therefore, Africa will be suffered until the end of this world.

      January 13, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Megan C.

      @Jack, I think that is what Sees all Evil means. I thought the same thing in my head too. Bush Jr. and Gbagbo both rigged their elections in order to stay in power. Bush Jr. like Gbagbo, had multiple people (very corrupt) keep him in office, it was infact, a very corrupt affair that happened in America. The world actually saw us as the most threatful country in the world. We appealed to the rest of the world as unstable and hostile. G.W.B. Jr. removed America from the World Court because they knew the election was rigged, and Bush Jr. didn't want to be out of office, so that is how he dealt with it. The United Nations also tried to help, but we're too strong of a country to get on our bad side, so the U.N. couldn't do a thing about it.

      Bush Jr. possibly is going down in history as the worst president in American history.

      January 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. helenhull102951

    Well here we go again. Now the US government will start sending our troops there to fight... When does it stop? All you reservests start packing you rough sacks. *Wayne*

    January 13, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Cote d'Ivoir is a former French colony. Therefore, leave it for the Francais to take care of it. I don't want to see any American troop over there. We did not finish the job in Iraq or Afghanistan as yet. OOh don't forget we have recession to take care too.

      January 13, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tomas

    @cold war veteran: u sit there and praise the un, have u any knowledge what they really do beside what the media tells u? I lived and worked with unhcr in cote d'ivoire. As children and refugees representative, as witness and an unaccompanied minor who observed their works for one and half yr let me report what you never hear about un: un threw liberian refugees outside of their gate to the local ivorians with no water or anything to survived on or protect themselves with. The refugees were already persecuted by the locals. Some of the helpless liberians collapsed in starvation while other ran into the bushes for safety. At a refugees transit in tabou, we were always persecuted and starved in insanitary tb infested and fly-filled conditions. A few ppl died in and outside of the camp where they were put as merchandise for un funds. UN is an example of us spreading democracy around the world. Un abused unaccompanied minors by making them bury one another when they were murdered while searching for food outside.

    January 13, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tomas

    Un mission in cote d'ivoire is not for peace operation and humanitarian affairs. They turn ppl into desperation and offers children koolaid to drink after burrying their dead friends. But u can not hear of the truth. Its more than they want us to hear. United nations don't even pay their local employees. As a church goer and an unaccompany minor, i had to use my leadership statue to feed the ppl who were working with us some times. U need a strong mind and a lot of courage to change things around or else un can turn u into a lifetime tool for selfish gains while in the process of planing war for the next door country. That what they did to liberia and liberians. They play a game and expect their victims to sit and wash. U can't be aggressive and mentally weak if u aim to changing what they program to do.

    January 13, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. beezo

    Whats the difference from a zit and a priest...........a zit doesnt come on a boys face till hes 13

    January 13, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Paul

    The mind boggles as to how Africans themselves choose to remain shallow regarding the Ivory Coast. Gbagbo is obeying the law. Ouattara with his white wife, hopes the “international community” will put him above the laws of the Ivory Coast. Let us remind ourselves once more of the facts : 4 million of the 21 million people who live in the Ivory Coast today are illegal Muslim immigrants from the poorer, entirely Muslim neighbour countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea. They have changed the electoral balance entirely. The country has shifted from a narrow Christian majority 25 years ago to a Muslim majority today— almost entirely through illegal immigration. In the Muslim north of the country, during elections, kith-and-kin from these neighbour Muslim countries are invited to register and vote. Many never leave afterwards. An easy win is thus ensured. The Muslim North in Nigeria has always done this too. In truth and in fact, Gbagbo won the election.
    Moreover, the prosperous cocoa-producing regions of the Ivorien Christian south know that a northern-led government will divert the all-important cocoa income to the north and completely destroy the economy. Something they have watched happen in Nigeria, for instance, with oil revenues, for 50 years.
    Alassane Ouattara, reputedly a non-citizen of Ivory Coast, is merely the faux-democratic facade of a Muslim takeover that began with the mutiny of Muslim soldiers in 2002. Various recent events in Egypt, Sudan and Nigeria will make anybody jittery at the prospect of living in a Muslim-majority country. The coastal peoples of the southern half of Ivory Coast obviously do not relish the prospect. There should either be a re-run of the election or a plebiscite to determine whether the country should, like Sudan, be split in two.
    It appears that within the U.N. bureaucracy there are those who are implacably determined to start a shooting war in the Ivory Coast before the problem can be widely understood. An example of how clueless Ban Ki Moon himself is, was obvious in Nigeria. He dispatched Nigerian-Muslim UN diplomat, Ibrahim Gambari, protege of Nigeria’s Northern-Muslim military dictators to go and mediate in Nigeria’s troubled Southern-Christian, oil-rich Niger Delta. The local people, incredulous and aghast, howled him down and sent him away immediately.
    That said, really, people who cannot live together should be helped to live apart : whether it is in Ivory Coast, Sudan, Nigeria, Yougoslavia/Serbia/Bosnia/Kosovo, Indonesia/East Timor, Egypt or Israel. Imagine if divorce were impossible and couples who have fallen out of love and have come to hopelessly distrust and hate each other were forced to live together under the same roof. Almost certainly, the result will be needless harm.
    Moreover and incredibly, Muslim warlord, Ouattara, which the “international community” seeks to force on the hapless people of Ivory Coast is in fact a citizen of neighbouring Muslim nation, Burkina Faso. Though he was born in the Ivory Coast, his father, a guest worker, took him back home to Burkina Faso when he was 2 years old. He grew up there. He went to school in Burkina Faso and applied to study in the United States as a citizen of Burkina Faso. His immigration records at the U.S. Immigration Services are simple proof of all this. He got a job with the IMF as a citizen of Burkina Faso. At age 48, given the prominence of the position he then held at the IMF, he was, very foolishly, invited to serve in the Ivory Coast as Prime Minister. Large sections of Ivorien society railed against this monumental error of judgment. But then, it is often the least able of men, sometimes, the most violent, who muscle their way into power in African countries.
    On December 7, 1993, Ouattara organised a coup d’Etat which failed. Ever since, he has been the mastermind of three failed coup attempts in the Ivory Coast. His last attempt turned into civil war and armed rebellion in the North. Ouattara has always been the head warlord of the Muslim rebels. It appears nobody in the west is bothered by these details. It is a black problem, therefore, it seems, to other peoples, unworthy of any serious thought. Ban Ki Moon is not going to lose any sleep over some issue in a poor, obscure African country.

    January 14, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Well said. Its nice to some people actually understand the situation. Maybe if their were enough illegal Mexican immigrants in the United States to elect a Mexican party to power America may change their tune. There should be another election with southern observers in the north to prevent those without citizenship from voting. Gbabgo will win in a landslide and everyone; inluding the UN who apparently values the outcome of unfair elections over understanding of local situations, can shut the f@#$ up and let the REAL citizens of the Ivory Coast determine their future without the blind ignorant intervention of other nations.

      March 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. obviously

    Sara Palin's fault.

    January 14, 2011 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. misterking23

    Check this out...article about what's happening to our world...

    http://goodmusak.blogspot.com/2011/01/whats-up-with-our-world.html

    January 14, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. No Mar

    Sarah Palin's use of extreme rhetoric caused this violence.

    January 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sarah

    Can somebody please go after these fake money making charities like Red Cross, Unicef, World Vision & others. They collected billions of dollar all over the world for Haiti & the situation is worst then ever. These blood sucking charities all got rich & most their employees are living lavish lives with huge bank account balances. I beg anyone in a position to find out where the money went & to get it back ASAP to save those poor dying people. All those who took this money for themselves, all of you are murderer of innocent people. Hell is waiting for you!!!

    January 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JANANI LUMUBA NKRUMAH

    I ALMOST DEVELOPED H.B.P WHILE READING SOME COMMENTS ON THIS IVORIAN POST ELECTORAL CONFLICT.IN FACT I NEVER KNEW SOME WHITES COULD BE THIS GULLIBLE.THEY KNOW VIRTUALLY NOTHING ABOUT FRENCH AFRICAN POLITICS.NO WONDER OBAMA IS EASILY NOSE LED BY ONE SHORT FRENCH SADIST OF A PRESIDENT!.THANK YOU VERY MUCH PAUL FOR PUTTING SOME BASIC FACTS WHICH THE CNN INTENTIONALLY OMMITS WHILE INTOXICATING THE WORLD ABOUT PRESIDENT LAURENT GBAGBO.HOW CAN SOMEONE ACCUSE ANOTHER OF CRUELTY YET HE FLEES FROM HIS HOME TO COME AND SEEK SHELTER IN THE HOME OF THE ACCUSED?.THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE IVORY COAST.OUATTARA'S ARMED THUGS CONTROL THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY SINCE THE FAILED COUP D'ETAT OF 2002 AND YET ALL THOSE FLEEING THE IVORY COAST INTO NEIGHBOURING LIBERIA ARE FROM THE REBEL CONTROLLED ZONES!.SOME EVEN FLEE TOWARDS THE LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED SOUTH.EVEN THE ENTIRE OUATTARA BUNCH OF DISSIDENTS ARE BASED IN THE SOUTH.THEY ARE AFRAID OF THEIR SO CALLED BASTION!.I AM NOT AN IVORIAN BUT I AM A NATIONAL OF ONE FORMER FRENCH COLONY AND IN A POSITION TO TELL YOU WHAT THE FRENCH ARE CAPABLE OF DOING.WE WERE VICTIMS IN 1992.FRANCES COOKE WHO WAS AMBASSADOR IN MY COUNTRY DURING THAT PERIOD CAN RECOUNT HER ORDEALS AND THE HUMILIATIONS SHE RECEIVED FROM OUR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WITH BLESSINGS FROM THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT.WHERE WAS THE UN AT THAT TIME?.PLEASE AMERICANS PUT IT INTO YOUR SKULLS THAT FRANCE ALWAYS PLACES AT THE HELM OF HER FORMER COLONIES A STOOGE WHO WILL SERVE THEIR INTERESTS AT THE DETRIMENT OF CITIZENS.ASK THE GABONNESE OR CONGOLESE (BRAZAVILLOIS),CAMEROONIANS ,CHADIANS...JUST TO MENTION THESE FEW.GBAGBO DOES NOT WANT TO PLAY BALL WITH THE FRENCH THAT IS WHY THERE IS THIS HULLABALLO ABOUT HIM CLINGING TO POWER.A GREAT MAJORITY OF IVORIANS SWEAR BY HIM.

    February 12, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
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