Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Ivory Coast ruling party tells UN to leave.

Africa: This looks like its going to split apart.

The ruling party in divided Ivory Coast says it is pulling out of both the transitional government and talks on the divided nation's future. Government supporters held another day of protests at what they see as interference by the UN and France. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urged an immediate end to what he called orchestrated violence. But the ruling party's leader said the world had failed in Ivory Coast and he said French and UN troops should leave. The BBC's James Copnall in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, says the protesters now control virtually all the main streets there. In the west of the country, around 1,000 protesters invaded and occupied a UN base at Guiglo. Ivory Coast has been divided since September 2002, when rebels seized the north.

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