Ouattara envoy urges 'strong' French role in I. Coast crisis

3rd April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Ivory Coast's internationally recognised leader Alassane Ouattara wants former colonial ruler France to play a "strong" role in the country's political crisis and the UN to be more involved, Ouattara's envoy to Paris said Sunday.

"We are asking for strong involvement from France," Ouattara's ambassador to France, Aly Coulibaly, told French radion RFI, TV5 television and newspaper Le Monde.

"Alassane Ouattara could ask France to intervene more massively," he said.

He also said the UN mission in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) "should be more involved with the (French) Licorne force because they have a mandate from the UN Security Council and this mandate gives them the possibility to remove heavy weapons" from incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo's forces.

© 2011 AFP

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