26 July 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: Attack in Western Cote d'Ivoire - Opposition FPI Party Accuses Unoci and the Government of Genocide and Calls for Investigation

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"Duekoue Massacres: FPI accuses Ouattara and UNOCI of genocide," reads a prominent headline in Le Nouveau Courrier (p. 1). "Massacres at the displaced camp in Duekoue: Ouattara is guilty," reads another prominent front page headline in Le Temps, which attributes this statement to the opposition FPI party, whose executives held a press conference yesterday to call for "the resignation of the government" following last week's attack in the western town of Duekoue. "The ruling power wants to massacre the We ethnic group and send Ivorian farmers out of this zone," the paper (p. 7) quotes Laurent Akoun, the General Secretary of the opposition party as saying.

"Genocide of the We ethnic group: FPI accuses Ouattara and UNOCI," says a front-page headline in Notre Voie, which (p. 3) accuses President Ouattara's government of "refusing to disarm its militia groups."

Meanwhile, a report in Le Patriote (p. 5) says that "The FPI has unveiled its plan to incite the We ethnic group to revolt." Le Nouveau Reveil (p. 1) denounces "a dangerous speech" on the part of the leaders of the opposition party and accuses them of trying to turn the western region of Cote d'Ivoire into another "northern Mali." Another front-page headline in this paper announces that the government will deploy a military battalion to the troubled Ivorian western region in a bid to curtail recurrent armed attacks.

Reporting on the same issue, Fraternite Matin (p. 4) says that the opposition FPI party has demanded the government to put in place a commission of inquiry to investigate the attack on the displaced persons camp in western Cote d'Ivoire. The party of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo has also called for "immediate sanctions against government officials and security forces based in this region." The party leaders, who were speaking yesterday at a press conference in Abidjan, reportedly pressed for "the dismantlement of Ouremi militia group" operating in this region.

This daily press review is compiled by the Information Section of the Public Affairs Office of the American Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The opinions expressed in these reviews in no way reflect the views of the United States Government and are presented for informational purposes only. The accuracy of reports contained in this summary has not been confirmed by the Embassy.

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