UN SECURITY COUNCIL VOTES TO SEND 2000 EXTRA TROOPS TO IVORY COAST
The UN Security Council on Wednesday ordered 2 000 extra troops to the Ivory Coast and demanded that outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo lift a military blockade of the country’s internationally recognised president.
The Security Council voted unanimously for the reinforcement resolution, after Russia had blocked the move for several days objecting to the “political” language [it contained].
The extra troops will take the UN mission in Ivory Coast to about 11 500 international troops and police, with about 800 protecting the Abidjan hotel that is the base of Alassane Ouattara, the internationally backed president.
Gbagbo’s forces have surrounded the hotel and the Security Council said it “urges that the ongoing blockade around the Golf Hotel be lifted without delay”.
Gbagbo, the incumbent, has refused to accept the result of a November 28 election and hand over power.