UN says $300 m. needed for Ivory Coast humanitarian aid

UNITED NATIONS - About $300 million is

urgently needed to meet humanitarian needs in Ivory Coast,
which is in the throes of a crisis after months of civil war,
the UN humanitarian chief said on Wednesday.

Valerie Amos, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian

affairs, told the Security Council the situation in Ivory Coast
remains troubling despite the arrest on Monday of former
president Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to admit defeat to his
rival Alassane Ouattara in a Nov. 28 election.
"The crisis that followed elections last November and the
escalation we have seen in the last few weeks has had
far-reaching humanitarian consequences for ordinary people
throughout Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and its neighboring
countries," she said.
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