NATIONAL PRESS REVIEW FOR WEDNESDAY, 28 DECEMBER 2011
Clashes between FRCI and the population of Sikensi - Prefect calls for social cohesion
Fraternité Matin - Following the bloody conflict between them from 24 – 25 December 24 to December 25in Sikensi, the Abidji and Malinké continued to live in a total distrust. On Tuesday, 27 December, the Prefect of the city, Oumar Yéo gathered together the local authorities, village chiefs, young people and community leaders to ask them to do the best they could to preserve social cohesion by forgiving one another. He also reassured the victims of this conflict that the state and security will make the necessary arrangement to take care of them. Mayor Aboh Faustin for his part urged, people who came at this meeting to preach peace and forgiveness. Traditional leaders expressed their dissatisfaction because they do not understand why their Malinké brothers attacked them. A committee to handle the crisis was created to avoid such conflict in the future.
Tension still evident in Sikensi
Le Nouveau Courrier - (...) The tension was still palpable in Sikensi despite an impressive detachment of gendarmes, police and UN soldiers. (...) weapons, ammunition and military equipment were discovered yesterday morning at the Hotel Katahua in Sikensi. A vehicle with weapons of war coming from Dabou was intercepted the same day. The destination of these weapons seemed to be the young people of Sikensi.
The government warned: "Everyone will assume his responsibilities"
Fraternité Matin - On the night of 24 December, a simple dispute between an element of Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FRCI) and a young Abidji led to a fight. On December 26, 2011, a wild rumour of the death of the young Abidji gripped the whole department. Angry people attacked the FRCI. A soldier died on the spot and another was seriously injured. At midday, the already tense climate had seriously deteriorated. The incident turned into a clash between Abidji and Malinké. The Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire were changed by the Chief of Staff of the Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire. They were replaced by the National Gendarmerie and National Police, supported by UNOCI forces. The civilian and military prosecutors were seized to put an end to repeated violence, observed for several weeks and can not be justified. The Prime Minister, Defence Minister asked the Ivorian people to look for reconciliation and commit themselves to that reconciliation.
87 marine commandos suspended
Nord-Sud - Since December23, the salaries of eighty seven (87) marines of Lokodjoro naval base have been suspended. They will soon be removed from the staff of the army. According to Colonel Konaté Djakaridja, the Marine Force Commander, these soldiers never showed up at the camp. They have simply disappeared from the ranks of the army since the fighting ended