President Sirleaf, Outtarra Camp Confirm Liberians Fighting Along Side Gbagbo in I.Coast


 – Nat Bayjay

Source: Frontpage Africa

Outtarra – La Cote d’Ivoire
President Sirleaf – Liberia
Monrovia – Addressing her final news conference of 2010, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf told reporters a short while ago that her administration has received intelligence report that Liberians are involved in the ongoing post-election crisis in La Cote d’Ivoire. The President also told reporters that the U.S. Ambassador accredited to Monrovia, Linda Thomas-Greenfield apologized to her over the recently-released WikiLeaks on Liberia.

In the WikiLeaks cable, the U.S. envoy said factions like the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy(LURD) and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia(MODEL) were involved in crisis in both neighboring Guinea and the Ivory Coast. “While apparently unarmed and not active in Liberia, we continue to receive reports that LURD is recruiting ex-combatants for militias in Guinea and MODEL is doing the same for Cote d’Ivoire,” the envoy noted.

The President’s declaration comes just hours after a spokeswoman for Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of last month’s Ivory Coast presidential election told the VOA Voice of America that embattled President Laurent Gbagbo has recruited fighters from Liberia and Angola to kill supporters of Mr. Ouattara. Kandia Kamara says Gbagbo supporters are responsible for the deaths of as many as 120 young people around the Ivorian commercial capital of Abidjan. She said 65 bodies were discovered Sunday in Abobo, a suburb of Abidjan. Spokeswoman Kamara told the VOA Daybreak Africa that Ouattara wants U.N. peacekeepers to remain in Ivory Coast to protect Ivorians from Mr. Gbagbo supporters.

“We wonder how he can (Mr. Gbagbo) dare (to order UN peacekeepers out of the country) because he is no more the president of Ivory Coast. So it’s Mr. Ouattara, the present president of Ivory Coast who can decide whether they (U.N. peacekeepers) can stay or not,” she said.

Kamara dismissed claims by Mr. Gbagbo that U.N. peacekeepers had been supporting rival Ouattara.

“It’s not Mr. Ouattara’s side which is supported by the U.N. forces. The U.N. forces came here because Mr. Gbagbo asked them to come and to help Ivory Coast to get rid of the crisis. That’s why they are here. So they didn’t come by themselves. And up to now we are still in the crisis; up to now we are on the verge to have a civil war here in Ivory Coast,” Kamara said.

FULL DETAILS, ANALYSIS FROM SIRLEAF’S NEWS CONFERENCE WILL FOLLOW SOON
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