The People of Côte d'Ivoire Deserve Peace

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 3, 2011
People at Station in Abidjan

On April 2, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued the following statement concerning the violence in Côte d'Ivoire:

"We are deeply concerned by the dangerous and deteriorating situation in Côte d'Ivoire, including recent reports of gross human rights abuses and potential massacres in the west. The United States calls on former President Laurent Gbagbo to step down immediately. His continuing refusal to cede power to the rightful winner of the November 2010 elections, Alassane Ouattara, has led to open violence in the streets, chaos in Abidjan and throughout the country, and serious human rights violations. Gbagbo is pushing Côte d'Ivoire into lawlessness. The path forward is clear. He must leave now so the conflict may end. Both parties bear responsibility to respect the rights and ensure the safety of the citizens of Côte d'Ivoire.

"We also call on the forces of President Ouattara to respect the rules of war and stop attacks on civilians. President Ouattara's troops must live up to the ideals and vision articulated by their elected leader. At the same time, we call on the UN peacekeeping mission to aggressively enforce its mandate to protect civilians.

"As President Ouattara takes the reins of government, he must prevent his troops from carrying out reprisals and revenge attacks against their former foes. The people of Côte d'Ivoire await and deserve the peace, security, and prosperity he has promised, and that they have for so long been denied."



Maine, USA
April 4, 2011

James in Maine writes:

It looks like the international community has given regional actors more than ample time to solve this problem. Since the problem has not been solved (which would make the international community look bad), the international community has decided to take charge to make sure that the problem gets solved.

Barry J.
April 4, 2011

Barry J. writes:

I agree about Quattara ensuring his troops respect the rule of war and not attack civilians. That said, if Gbagbo had not been trying too hard to remain in power, the people of Cote d'Ivoire wont be in such an unstable situation at present.

interracial s.
April 6, 2011

I.S. writes:

The international community continues to fail to recognize that the electoral commission's decision was not on time and did not follow the previously agreed to guidelines. Frankly, both that decision and Gbagbo's "recount" were both rigged, just by opposite sides. The rebels have been in league with Ouattera all along, and the population knows this. Both men are despicable, and neither should be running the country.


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