Friday, April 1, 2011

The number one Ivorian army, sought refuge in an embassy

The Chief of Staff of the Ivorian army, Philippe Mangou, a refugee from Wednesday at the official residence of South African Ambassador in Abidjan, as indicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Africa. "The Chief of Army Staff, General Philippe Mangou, the Defence and Security Forces of Côte d'Ivoire has sought refuge, last night at the official residence of our ambassador in Ivory Coast, Zodwa Lallio," said the ministry said in a statement.

"The general is accompanied by his wife and five children," he added. "The South African government has set up consultations with relevant parties in Côte d'Ivoire and the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) and the African Union (AU) and United Nations." Ivorian President forces acknowledged by the international community, Alassane Ouattara, who control the northern half of the country since 2002, on Monday launched a major offensive against the south.

Indeed, they have taken control of the capital, Yamoussoukro, and are at 110 km east of Abidjan.

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