Saturday, January 1, 2011

Meanwhile, in Côte d'Ivoire...

...things aren't getting better.

De facto President Laurent Gbagbo's effort to push aside U.N. and French peacekeepers has been entirely rightly ignored, but his loyalists in the army still have ~600 UN peacekeepers surrounded in their entrenchments around the Golf Hotel complex that headquarters recognized-electee Alassane Ouattara and his staff.

ECOWAS isn't scheduled to go back in for talks until the new week. The last round of such was less than impressive, with an almost go-slow approach to the problem. Here's why.

Other people aren't waiting around to get involved, and that's *very* bad news. These folks are the same randomly murderous gangs of Charles Taylor's civil war in Liberia made infamous in the "Blood Diamond" story. Not a good sign when they are volunteering to join either side (or both!).

The spokesman for Alassane Ouattara is now publicly calling for ECOWAS to come with force quickly to remove Gbagbo and his regime.

Gbagbo, for his part, has simply rejected the call to step down by his rival and, in his New Year's address,
Mr Gbagbo said the pressure for him to quit amounted to "an attempted coup d'etat carried out under the banner of the international community".
Not going anywhere.

So here we go, again.


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