The top United Nations official in Ivory Coast said today that President Laurent Gbagbo had given approval for French and West African troops to move into the country’s anarchic west. The troops have been waiting for the president’s go-ahead before entering the area bordering Liberia, where fighters have been coming in across the border and have complicated efforts to end the eight-month-long civil war in Ivory Coast, a former French colony. The United Nations special representative to Ivory Coast, Albert Tevoedjre, said the movement of troops could start in a matter of days. “The president has given us his decision to help the rapid deployment of the necessary forces to the west,” he told reporters after meeting with Mr. Gbagbo in Abidjan, the country’s main city. Full Story
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