Saturday, January 12, 2013

Ukraine sends peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire

Supreme Rada (Ukrainian parliament) on Thursday approved the proposal of the country's president Viktor Yanukovych to transfer part of the Ukrainian peacekeeping contingent deployed to Liberia to neighboring Cote d'Ivoire as part of a peacekeeping operation the UN .

The document adopted by 266 votes against 226 provides the required transfer of three combat helicopters Mi-24 in Côte d'Ivoire due to the improvement of the situation in Liberia. The UN will reimburse this new mission to Ukraine.

The UN Secretariat in Kiev recently asked to send a portion of its peacekeeping contingent deployed to Liberia to Côte d'Ivoire, where the Ukrainian military had already made peace missions in the past. A group of Ukrainian helicopters patrolled the borders were particularly Ivorian had protected landmarks and accompanied troops and cargo of the UN mission in Côte d'Ivoire.

The Ivory Coast found itself on the brink of a civil war in early 2011, after the defeat of the Head of State Laurent Gbagbo in the presidential election of December 2010. M.Gbagbo refused to give way to his rival, Alassane Ouattara, President recognized by the international community. In March 2011, the pro-Gbagbo forces began to use heavy weapons against their opponents. The violence has killed more than 3,000 people dead and more than a million refugees.

To end the bloodshed, the UN peacekeepers have repeatedly used force against the troops of the former president. In April 2011, following an attack on his residence in Abidjan, M.Gbagbo fell to supporters M.Ouattara. He is incarcerated and to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on 30 November 2011.

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