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Calling "French Leaked" Mali Report a Lie, Gbagbo Supporters Paint Flawed UN

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 11 -- Last Saturday a UN report accusing supporters of Laurent Gbagbo of aligning themselves with Malian coup leader Sanogo and Ansar Dine in North Mali was reported by Radio France International.

  Other mostly picked up on it as true, wondering what the UN Security Council, on which France has a permanent seat and the "pen" on Cote d'Ivoire, will do.

   But there is a recent history of controversies about UN sanctions groups and their leaders. Even European members of the Security Council were critical to Inner City Press about Matt Bryden of the Council's Somalia - Eritrea group.

   And beyond Steve Hege's 2009 writings on the FDLR, taken off the Internet but highlighted by Inner City Press, new complaints against Hege have been lodged with the Council and committee.

   So what of this Cote d'Ivoire report? For now in the interest of fairness, including because pro-Gbagbo newspapers were threatened with suspension, Inner City Press will quote from (in English) and put online in French and English the FPI spokesperson in exile's response, as received:


On Saturday, October 6th, 2012, the French Radio (RFI) announced a UN report stating that a meeting of Gbagbo supporters was held in Takoradi, Ghana, on July 12, 2012 to destabilize Ouattara. This report states that the destabilizing plan received the political and financial support of exiled Gbagbo supporters including Kone Katinan, Gossio Marcel Charles Ble Goude, Damana Pickass, Kore Moses, Nady Bamba.

This meeting was said to have as objective the preparation of a campaign to destabilize Ivory Coast from Ghana in relation with the former military junta of Mali and the jihadists of Ansar Dine...

This report that makes no mention of the refusal of OUATTARA to go to reconciliation and the gross violations of human rights is in fact to:

-Save Ouattara’s regime that is in trouble

-Maintain the number of UNOCI forces in Cote d’Ivoire

-Put pressure on Ghana to extradite the Ivorian exiles living on its territory

-Create aggravating circumstances to the detention of President Gbagbo by criminalizing his spokesman, his close allies and his political party by a demonization from economic crimes, violent crimes to destabilization in conjunction with the former junta of Mali and the jihadists of Ansar Dine...

In 2010, following the second round of presidential elections, the Françafrican network in Cote d'Ivoire produces false results of the second round of presidential elections. The Francafrican media trilogy: France 24, AFP, RFI broadcasted continuously this result then certified by the UN on the proposition of France.

In the midst of post-election crisis, the same network with the same method produces violations of human rights systematically attributed to the regime of President Gbagbo and certified by the United Nations to justify the intervention of the French army and the UNOCI. It was followed by the arrest of President Gbagbo, the installation of Ouattara and the arrest of all senior FPI members in complicity with UNOCI who was in charge of protecting a number of them at Pergola hotel in Abidjan.

...When we know the drama that these false, then certified by the UN with the blessing of Françafrican network caused to Cote d'Ivoire, the FPI Coordination cannot remain silent before such a fake...

FPI Coordination in exile would therefore like to:

- denounce that escalating of the demonization of President Gbagbo, his family and his party,

- publicly denounce this attempt by the UN to certify a false conspiracy to extradite the Ivorian exiles and face torture,

- denounce RFI once again for being used as an instrument of demonization of Gbagbo supporters,

- denounce the Françafrican network whose sole purpose is the creation of permanent insecurity in West Africa to make the heinous trade; weapons against raw material.

FPI Coordination reaffirms its commitment to a peaceful transition to democracy and peaceful methods of conflict resolution and therefore calls on:

- M. OUATTARA to abandon the dead end of the false and engage in the search for a genuine reconciliation, effective and sustainable. This reconciliation goes through the release of President Laurent Gbagbo, of all political and military prisoners, the safe return of the exiles.

- Invite the UN whose credibility in the Ivorian opinion is heavily flawed to return to the core values that have been the foundation of his creation and work for healing and reconciliation.

- Reassure the Ghanaian authorities and the international community of our commitment to finding a political solution to the Ivorian crisis through negotiation.

FPI Coordination in Exile calls upon all Ivorian for the advent of the rule of law in order to prevent further tragedies in our country.

For the FPI Coordination in Exile, the Spokesman: Dr. Assoa Adou

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