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Stop the French/ECOMOG planned invasion of Cote d'Ivoire

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The French are planning the invasion of Côte d’Ivoire, an independent African country, by using the dispensable African ECOMOG contingent whose leaders themselves are largely beneficiaries of disputed/rigged elections. France intends to finance and provide the logistics for the invasion – but does not intend to use its own troops as this would be political suicide for the government of Nicolas Sarkozy. France claims that Alassane Ouattara as opposed to Laurent Gbagbo is the rightful winner of the recent elections. Clearly there is a dispute as to the outcome to these national elections. This is not new to Africa. All elections (probably with the exception of Botswana, Ghana, Senegal [2000] and South Africa) are rigged and heavily disputed. So why wasn’t Kenya invaded, or Nigeria, or Zimbabwe or, most recently, Egypt all of which have had disputed/rigged elections? Does France have any plans to invade Belarus, a European country just 1000 miles way from it, where Alexander Lukashenko has once again emerged as president after a highly-disputed election? Why Côte d’Ivoire, an African country 3000 miles away from France? And when will Myanmar in Asia be invaded to install Aung San Suu Kyi.? Why have we still not learnt, as a human race, to avoid such levels of hypocrisy and suffering? The result of the invasion of Côte d’Ivoire will be catastrophic to the country and the entire west Africa region. Internally, in Côte d’Ivoire, there will be huge human suffering, the destruction of towns and villages and the displacement of communities. Additionally, there are millions of other Africans across the region (from Senegal to Cameroon) who live and work in Côte d’Ivoire – all of whom will be displaced, intensifying the levels of suffering in the region. All of this will have huge impacts on already stretched countries – Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana. Here in the West we will once again be subjected to pictures of dying Africans and emergency appeals. This cannot be allowed to happen. All this is preventable. France must not be allowed to be instigators of the deaths of millions of Africans by Africans. This invasion must be stopped. The people of Côte d’Ivoire need to settle their own disputes, using their own internal resources and other African mediation however long it takes them. Côte d’Ivoire is NOT part of France. France must stop this continuous, potentially murderous interference in the affairs of African countries.



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