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UN to send more troops to Ivory Coast

UN to send more troops to Ivory Coast
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The UN has decided to send an additional 2000 troops to bolster its force in Ivory Coast, citing “deep concern over the continuing violence and human rights violations.”

The news comes as a fifth round of mediation talks collapsed. Alassane Ouattara is considered to have won the vote but incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to step down.

Chief negotiator and Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga warned that time is running out and blamed Gbagbo for reneging on an agreement to withdraw his troops from around the hotel in Abidjan where Ouattara, his rival, is holed up.

The regional ECOWAS group met yesterday to discuss military intervention to oust Gbagbo.

But opinion is divided. Some say Gbagbo knows this, and so does not consider force to be a threat.