Ivory Coast : Ouattara calls for commando operation

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January 6, 2011 18:27

 
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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast  — The man recognized as the winner of Ivory Coast's recent presidential election called Thursday for West African special forces to remove Ivory Coast's incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo in a commando operation.

Hunkered inside a hotel guarded by UN peacekeepers, Alassane Ouattara told The Associated Press that Gbagbo's location can be quickly identified by a team of elite troops because he "is essentially at his residence or at the presidential palace."

The regional bloc of West African states, ECOWAS, has threatened military action but in recent days African leaders have shied away from making a commitment, fearing mass casualties and a possible return to civil war.

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