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Cote d'Ivoire Envoy's Week in NY Has No Nahibly Answers, Exile Ironies

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, January 17 -- Amid the happy talk about Cote d'Ivoire in the UN Security Council on Thursday, among the issues not addressed was the UN's shameful inaction while internally displaced people in the Nahibly IDP camp were killed.

Bert Koenders, the UN's envoy in Abidjan, has already repeatedly exonerated the UN for its performance. But when Inner City Press asks in New York, it is told that there is still an investigation, perhaps two of them.

Koenders has been in New York since last week. He was seen on the 38th floor; he was seen on 48th Street. But still no answers on Nahibly.

For now, we publish this alternative FPI Coordination in Exile perspective:

On the attack of the refugee camp of Nahibly, UNOCI continues to maintain its figure of "Eleven people killed," even though the evidence was made clear that the actual number is far beyond, around fifty dead after the discovery of six bodies out of a mass grave near the camp, which the report notes (paragraph 42). The figures given by other sources show a larger number. Why is UN minimizing this tragedy by giving wrong figures of the deaths?

Moreover, for an event that took place on July 20, 2012, the report does not seem bothered by the fact that so far, no investigation report is available and this, despite the exhortation of the United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights and the Assistant Secretary-General of the UN for human rights (paragraph 42). In contrast, the unfortunate events of December 31, 2012 have already been investigated and "heads" have already been sacrificed.

The slowness of the investigation that indicates the lack of judicial action does not surprise anyone. This is the logical continuation of the "victors' justice" established by Ouattara since taking power. This is why the report merely say Ouattara has requested follow-up after receiving the report of the national commission of inquiry. The report is silent on the date of receipt of the report (August 8, 2012) certainly not to be compelled to the conclusion that more than five months later, no legal action has yet been given.

And yet, Ouattara said the commission had been established to "put an end to impunity" and that "all those who have done wrong will answer for their acts before justice."

Funny fact which deserves to be mentioned is that since July 20, when the facts and in the presence of troops of UNOCI camp which is located adjacent to the IDP camp, there is no survey results: "The government and UNOCI lead their separate investigation into these events."

And what is the UN's answer? Watch this site.

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