UN envoy warns Ivory Coast 'on brink of genocide'

December 29, 2010 23:13

UNITED NATIONS — Ivory Coast's  new UN ambassador says an increasingly dangerous tug-of-war over the presidency is pushing the West African country to "the brink of genocide."

Veteran diplomat Youssoufou Bamba says he's already consulting with members of the new Security Council before its first meeting next week about ways to help president-elect Alassane Ouattara assume power.Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent, refuses to step down although the world recognizes Ouattara as the winner of recent elections.

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