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"Progress" in Ivory Coast

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The African Union’s mediator in the Ivory Coast crisis, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, has reported “progress” after two and half hours of talks with Laurent Gbagbo in the main city, Abidjan.

The two men had “very useful” discussions according to Odinga. He then went to have talks with the President-elect Alassane Ouattara at the Golf hotel, where he’s been holed up under UN protection ever since the end-of-November election which he is widely considered as having won.

Just after Odinga’s arrival, UN troops had to fire in the air after large crowds of youths surrounded their vehicles. Last week UN vehicles were attacked by supporters of Laurent Gbagbo.

The UN Security Council will vote today on bolstering the UN peacekeeping force by 2000 personnel. Gbagbo has repeatedly ordered it to leave the country.