Netherlands to deploy navy ship to Ivory Coast

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The Netherlands is deploying its navy ship HNLMS Amsterdam to Ivory coast at the request of the French government. Security in the West African country has deteriorated dramatically since incumbent president Lauraent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat to his rival Alassane Ouattara following last month's elections.

Defence Minister Hans Hillen and Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal have written to parliament to explain that the ship may be used for supplies or to evacuate civilians.

Initially, the crew was due return to the Netherlands for Christmas. However, the ship redeployed to patrol the Somali coast against piracy. Now the HNLMS Amsterdam will not get back before mid-January.

The situation in Ivory Coast is very volatile.



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