NATIONAL PRESS REVIEW FOR WEDNESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2011
The President of the Republic, his Excellency Alassane Ouattara, met with UNOCI’s Number 2 and some Ambassadors. They discussed security.
Fraternité Matin – The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Cote d’Ivoire, Arnauld Akodjénou, met on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 with the Ivorian head of state, Alassane Ouattara. "The meeting was part of the regular consultations UNOCI has with the President of the Republic, during which we discuss several issues," Mr. Akodjenou said. The meeting was attended by the ambassadors of France, the United States, the chargé d'Affaires of the United Kingdom’s embassy and the Representative of the European Union. "Today, we mainly discussed the reform of the security sector," the number two of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) revealed.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) met with its partners
Nord-Sud - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and its partners such as UNOCI met at the UN mission’s Headquarters yesterday to talk about the best way to have a consensual certification of the election. After two hour discussion they decided to meet with the Constitutional Counsel to have the same comprehension of its texts.
Destabilization of Ouattara’s regime: Guinea and Togo accused/Liberian frontier closed since Saturday.
Le Mandat – According to some newspapers, and some diplomatic sources Commander Séka Séka who was arrested last Saturday at Abidjan airport was going to join his troops positioned on the Guinean border. His final destination was Conakry. This fact raises questions. The Ivorian authorities wanted to know the kind of game the Guinean President Alpha Conde is really playing. This question is important because of the cold relation the Ivorian and Guinean presidents have. Furthermore, Togo seems to be on the list of countries that are planning something against Cote d’Ivoire. As matter of fact, the presence of number of Ivoirian soldiers in this country is very troublesome for Ivorian authorities who have asked Togo to expel them what Togo has refused ever since to do. Are Conakry and Lomé going to be the place where the destabilization of Cote d’Ivoire starts?
The Attack against Agban camp: the link with FPI
Nord-Sud – The coincidences observed in the attack on the gendarmerie camp Agban, the arrest of Maj. Séka Séka and the insistence of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) to hold its meeting in Yopougon eventually convince the most skeptical that the proponents of Laurent Gbagbo have not abandoned their plans to remove the regime of Alassane Ouattara. And in all likelihood, the attack in Tai, perpetrated on the night of September 16 and the morning of the 17 by militias backed by Liberian mercenaries could be part of the destabilization plan. They called this operation, “warm-up." In a statement posted on the site of an online media, the Movement for the sovereignty and democracy in Côte d'Ivoire (MSD-CI) based in The Gambia, have claimed responsibility for the attack. In reality, MSD-CI, which has claimed the killings of Tai, only a few days before the attack of Agban, would be a hiding uniform for the pundits of the former regime. The warm-up ended with a score dead and caused some sort of commotion among the Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FRCI).
Côte d’Ivoire: The security of Ivorians in the hands of foreign nationals
Le Temps – The military situation in Côte d'Ivoire is becoming volatile. There is no trust between the actors. The Ivorian presidency prefers to rely on foreign forces for the safety of Ivorians. The uncertainty is plane to see. What is the flight plan? It is subject to a whim. If there is one aspect of national life that is happily seen by everybody it is, of course, security. There is evidence that since the arrest of President Laurent Gbagbo, on April 11, security which was not cup of tea of the Forces Nouvelles renamed, Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FRCI), has deteriorated. Since then the new tenant of the palace has decided to call France for help. For these past seven months French Forces can freely go to Ivorian military bases. There is no secret for them just as they use to do at the time of Houphouet-Boigny at the expense of Cote d’Ivoire’ sovereignty.