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

UNITED NATIONS - About $300 million isurgently 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 humanitarianaffairs, told the Security Council the situation in Ivory Coastremains troubling despite the arrest on Monday of formerpresident Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to admit defeat to hisrival Alassane Ouattara in a Nov. 28 election.

"The crisis that followed elections last November and theescalation we have seen in the last few weeks has hadfar-reaching humanitarian consequences for ordinary peoplethroughout Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and its neighboringcountries," she said.
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