Ouattara team to push anti-Gbagbo at rights council

4th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Ministers in Alassane Ouattara's government said Friday they are planning a resolution at the UN rights council that refers to possible probes against Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court.

"We should move from speeches to action," said Gervais Jean-Baptiste Kacou, foreign minister appointed by Ouattara, the internationally recognised winner of the country's November's presidential election.

Accompanied by Justice Minister Jeannot Kouadio Ahoussou, Kacou added that Ivory Coast is "in a situation of perdition" and that the United Nations needed to think out of the box to find another way of dealing with the situation.

"Why is it still only an observer in such a disastrous situation?" Kacou asked.

The resolution, which is also expected to seek international investigations into post-election violence in the west African country, is expected to be examined during the UN Human Rights Council session that goes on until March 25.

The council is scheduled to hold a debate on the situation in Ivory Coast on March 14, diplomats said.

On Friday, France's government expressed support for the council to address issues surrounding the violence in Ivory Coast. It also hoped a "credible and impartial commission under the auspices of the UN" would be set up.

The UN Security Council warned Thursday that the Ivory Coast conflict was spiralling towards civil war.

The country has been in conflict since November's presidential election as Gbagbo and Ouattara have been unable to find a settlement to end the crisis.

© 2011 AFP

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