UNHCR halts west I.Coast operations over security fears

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The UN refugees agency has been forced to halt plans to build a camp for the displaced in west Ivory Coast, and suspend all activities in the region due to security fears, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for UNHCR pointed out that some 70,000 have been displaced in the western part of the country and that the agency was planning to build a camp for them.

"But we had to cease all of that construction," she said.

"And we're not operating there anymore unfortunately due to the fighting and the insecurity," she told journalists.

© 2011 AFP

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