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31 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

ABIDJAN, 31 décembre (IRIN) - Environ 117 personnes, des Libériens pour la plupart, ont été bloqués à bord d'un navire dans le port de Tema, à 25 km à l'Est de la capitale ghanéenne, Accra, après que le capitaine du vaisseau ait refusé de lever l'ancre, a fait savoir à IRIN vendredi une source humanitaire à Accra.

31 Dec 2002 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Katie Nguyen

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was due to unveil a peace plan on Tuesday to end war in the world's top cocoa grower as rebels who hold the north of the country prepared their own message to the nation.

Gbagbo pledged at a regional summit this month to present a solution to the crisis which has ripped apart the West African country and Western diplomats have been scrutinising his draft proposals for the past week.

Presidential spokesman Toussaint Alain told Reuters Gbagbo would present a broad outline of the plan on …

31 Dec 2002 description

ABIDJAN, Dec 31 (AFP) - War-weary Ivory Coast prepared Tuesday to usher in the bleakest new year in its history, amid calls for all-out efforts to end a three-month conflict that has split the world's top cocoa producer in two.

Festivities in the once-lively main city of Abidjan and other parts of the government-controlled south were ruled out by a dusk-to-dawn curfew in place since the September 19 rebellion which has turned into a rebel war against President Laurent Gbagbo.

31 Dec 2002 description

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The arrival of the first contingent of West African peace-keeping troops in Côte d'Ivoire, initially scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed to 3 January, sources at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said in Abidjan Tuesday.

31 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

ABIDJAN, 31 December (IRIN) - Some 117 people, most of them Liberians, were stranded aboard a cargo ship at the port of Tema, about 25 km east of the Ghanaian capital, Accra, after the vessel's captain refused to sail, a humanitarian source in Accra told IRIN on Friday.

31 Dec 2002 description

English Title:  Map 1: Movement of local cereals
English Legend:
Exchange of Millet
Exchange of Sorghum
Exchange of Corn

30 Dec 2002 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Anne Boher

ABIDJAN, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Many plantations in the cocoa-growing far west of Ivory Coast have been abandoned by frightened farmers fleeing dense bush full of rebels, a cocoa buyer who escaped the region said.

The buyer, who gave his name as Ali, had just returned from Blolekin, a small town well known for its cocoa about 75 km (47 miles) from the Liberian border where there has been heavy fighting this month.

The area held by rebels would normally produce some 10 percent of the crop in the world's top cocoa grower.

30 Dec 2002 description

ABIDJAN, Dec 30 (AFP) - French troops held talks with Ivory Coast rebels Monday, a day after the insurgents clashed for the fourth time in eight days with the peacekeepers, a French military spokesman said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ange-Antoine Leccia said French forces "met this morning" with "western rebels" after the two sides clashed on Sunday.

"This meeting allowed them to clarify their position ... they had no intention of attacking us," he said.

30 Dec 2002 description
report UN News Service

United Nations officials returned to Geneva today after spending close to a week in Côte d'Ivoire observing the human rights situation in the country.

30 Dec 2002 description

Accra (dpa) - More than 115 Liberian refugees are stranded on board a ship at the Ghanaian port of Tema, some 25 kilometres east of Accra, because the captain of the ship and the Ghanaian ports authority are refusing to sail the ship, a cargo vessel, with people on board.

The 117 refugees, including 35 children and 45 women, said they paid 110 dollars each to a man who sent them to the port to be taken to Liberia.

Some of the refugees came from a Liberian refugee camp just outside Accra, others were fleeing the crisis in neighbouring Ivory Coast.

30 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

ABIDJAN, 30 December (IRIN) - The situation in western Cote d'Ivoire remains volatile despite the presence of French and loyalist troops, according to reports from news organisations and humanitarian sources, which also say that essential services are not functioning in parts of the area.

30 Dec 2002 description
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Réseaux d'Information Régionaux Intégré (IRIN)

30 Dec 2002 description

ABIDJAN, Dec 30 (AFP) - Rebels in Ivory Coast have released a US missionary they apparently used to treat their wounded and five other foreigners to the Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Monday.

An ICRC source said the Movement of Peace and Justice (MJP) insurgent group late Sunday "voluntarily" handed over the missionary and the five foreigners trapped in the rebel-held west.

They included two French nationals, two Canadians and one Lebanese, he said.

"At the demand of the two sides (the rebels and the French troops), the …

29 Dec 2002 description

ABIDJAN, Dec 29 (AFP) - Ivory Coast authorities Sunday extended a dusk-to-dawn curfew that has been in force since the start of a September 19 rebellion until January 10, an announcement on state television said.

The curfew starts at 7:00 pm (1900 GMT) in the main city of Abidjan, where the rebellion was crushed on the first day of the conflict, and two hours later in other parts of the southern half of the country, controlled by the government.

It ends at 6:00 am.

29 Dec 2002 description

by Aymeric Vincenot

ABIDJAN, Dec 29 (AFP) - Ivory Coast rebels Sunday clashed with French troops for a fourth time in little over a week in the key western town of Duekoue which leads to country's prized cocoa belt and two main ports.

Rebels from the Far West Ivory Coast People's Movement (MPIGO) "attacked a French position near the north-eastern entry to Duekoue" at around 3:40 pm (1540 GMT), Lieutenant-Colonel Ange-Antoine Leccia, spokesman for the French army in Ivory Coast said.

"The French forces responded and three (rebel) vehicles were …

28 Dec 2002 description

CONAKRY, Dec 28 (AFP) - A boat carrying 469 Guineans from war-torn Ivory Coast on Saturday arrived in the capital Conakry in the first government-organised repatriation by sea, Guinean officials said.

The passengers on board Christmas Day, sailing under the Sierra Leonean flag, were mainly women and children who were quickly taken to a nearby booth for identification, officials from the security ministry said.

Security Minister Moussa Sampil said the returnees had wanted to come home and stressed that it was not possible for the government to bring back all Guineans living in …

27 Dec 2002 description

ABIDJAN, Dec 27 (AFP) - At least one civilian was killed and many injured when Ivorian government troops aboard a helicopter attacked the rebel-held western village of Pelezi, the French military said Friday.

"We state that shots from an Mi-24 chopper killed one person and injured several civilians," Lieutenant-Colonel Ange-Antoine Leccia, spokesman for the French army in Ivory Coast, told AFP.

27 Dec 2002 description

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27 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

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Bureau de Coordination des Affaires Humanitaires (OCHA)
Réseaux d'Information Régionaux Intégré (IRIN)