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Vol 46 No 23

Published 18th November 2005

Côte d'Ivoire

Circling the wagons

President Gbagbo tells his followers to talk peace and prepare for war

The regime in Abidjan is threatened by northern rebels and allies of the sacked army chief, General Mathias Doué. President Laurent Gbagbo has told ruling party officials and presidential aides to avoid inflammatory statements, partly because a United Nations' travel ban and financial sanctions could hit anyone obstructing peace. 'We must totally exclude war, we are now on the path of negotiation', says security advisor Kadet Bertin. Yet the Forces Armées Nationales de Côte d'Ivoire have been secretly building up militia forces.

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