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Call for UN support on Ivory Coast

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) asked the UN security council on Tuesday to help it persuade donors to finance a near-tripling of its peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast. Ecowas does not have the funds to carry out a decision to increase its military presence in Ivory Coast from 1,300 to 3,200 troops, Ghana’s foreign minister Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said. “This has obvious financial consideration and the means available to the community are not what they should be,” he told an open meeting of the council. Akufo-Addo was part of an Ecowas delegation which visited Washington on Monday and was due to travel to Brussels early next month. His Ivorian counterpart, Bamba Mamadou, told the council that “the situation remains very fragile” in his country, which has been racked by war since rebel forces rose against the government of President Laurent Gbagbo on September 19. Full Story

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