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UN decides sanctions against Gbagbo

In response to the escalating violence in the Ivory Coast of the UN Security Council sanctions against President Laurent Gbagbo and his associates has imposed. In a resolution adopted unanimously in New York asked the Panel to also Gbagbo to resign. The resolution was "a strong signal to Gbagbo and his supporters that their time is over," said German Deputy Ambassador Miguel Berger.
The Resolution 1975 was been linked to high speed by the most powerful UN body. Only on Friday the draft by France and Nigeria had been submitted. The resolution is directed against five individuals, including Gbagbo and his wife Simone. They are therefore occupied with travel bans, their income will be frozen. In addition, Gbagbo will be invited to "immediately" withdraw in favor Ouattaras. Furthermore, the UN Security Council UN troops in Ivory Coast expresses its full support for "all necessary measures" to fulfill its mandate. "This could be the last signal to Gbagbo," said France's UN Ambassador Gerard Araud.
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In the West African country of former President Gbagbo has refused to pass despite the clear defeat, the power of the internationally recognized election winner Alassane Ouattara. Gbagbo goes it for months to violent measures against his opponents and attacked again and again the now 10,000 UN peacekeeping troops in the country.

On the day of resolution Ouattaras supporters had apparently been occupied by the Gbagbo-controlled capital Yamoussoukro. Residents unanimously reported that Gbagbo's troops left the town virtually without a fight. The capture of Yamoussoukro - a 200,000-inhabitant city in the center of the country - is considered symbolic importance. Economic center of the country but the millions of Abidjan on the coast, which is further controlled by Gbagbo's supporters.
So far, according to UN estimates, 462 people in the months of fighting, were killed in the country. One million people are said to have already fled, mostly from Abidjan. The city is a center of conflict between supporters of Gbagbo and the former opposition leader Ouattara.

The Brussels-based think tank International Crisis Group (ICG) had already warned against "ethnic cleansing" should fail, the efforts of the UN in the Ivory Coast. "The civil war flared up in the country again," says an open letter to the ICG to the UN Security Council. The blue helmets are currently not able to prevent violence against civilians. The area of ​​Guiglo in the west of Ivory Coast had become a "lawless zone," said a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Abidjan.