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Ouattara to ask ICC to probe Ivory Coast massacres

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Ouattara to ask ICC to probe Ivory Coast massacres


Ivory Coast’s main city is trying to get back to normal but 10 days of fierce fighting for control of Abidjan have left deep scars.

The winner in the power struggle – internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara – said his priority is to restore security and basic services.

“The post-election crisis is over,” he told a news conference. “We are now going to embark on two big projects: reconciliation and reconstruction.”

Ouattara has urged Ivorians not to settle scores. But the fear is supporters of his defeated presidential rival Laurent Gbagbo could face reprisals. Ouattara said the captured ex-strongman had been moved to a secure villa somewhere in the country.

As French and UN troops seize abandoned ammunition and as French expats return to Abidjan from the safety of a military base, Ouattara said he would ask the International Criminal Court to investigate reports of post-election massacres in Ivory Coast.

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