US orders staff out of Ivory Coast
Once the US starts to order staff out of your country.. that means Ish is about to go down. I am so so so so tired of war and this civil unrest in our region. Once your country has gone through war it take years and years to repair the damages and the people. WE DO NOT NEED THIS ANYMORE..
JUST CHOOSE A PRESIDENT
THE US has ordered non-emergency staff to leave Ivory Coast and warned Americans not to travel to the country.
At least 50 people have been killed in post-election violence in the west African nation.
The US State Department has also ordered relatives of its staff to leave Ivory Coast.
The call came yesterday as France demanded Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo hold back his troops. Tensions are escalating in his standoff with Alassane Ouattara, who was declared winner of presidential elections. “If (Mr Gbagbo) does not want to have deaths on his conscience, he needs to hold back his troops,” French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said.
Canada yesterday joined a world chorus urging Mr Gbagbo to cede power or face sanctions.
“Mr Gbagbo must respect the democratic will of the Ivorian people and concede power to Mr Ouattara,” Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said.
The US government cited “growing anti-Western sentiment” in the country.
“The State Department recommends that US citizens take advantage of commercial means of transportation while they are available and while borders remain open,” it said.
Mr Gbagbo and Mr Ouattara claim to have won last month’s presidential vote, but while the latter has been recognised as the victor by the international community, the incumbent is clinging to power.
Despite calls for Mr Gbagbo to stand down, there are signs his regime is hardening its stance. Mr Gbagbo ordered the 10,000- strong UN mission to leave on Saturday, accusing it of arming rebels loyal to Mr Ouattara, but UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dismissed the ultimatum and urged him to step down