Officials from the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire on February 28, tried to check at the airport of Yamoussoukro are supplied three helicopters from Belarus, but were forced to retreat under fire from the protection of the airport.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on February 28 for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the issue of illegal arms from Belarus to the African country of Côte d'Ivoire to bypass the UN embargo. According to the UN, on the eve of the capital of Cote d'Ivoire, Yamoussoukro of Belarus wasand delivered three attack helicopters with equipment. However, the UN Security Council has not met since UN peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire were unable to confirm the arrival of helicopters in Yamoussokro.
Ban Ki-moon gave the order to UN peacekeepers in Ivory Coast "to use all necessary measures" to prevent the use of helicopters, says today's edition of The Wall Street Journal. To the UN Secretary General's Office suspect that the three helicopters Mi-24 from Belarus assigned forces Lyarana Gbagbo, who lost the presidential election in November of last year, but refused to resign.
UN fears that the Belarusian helicopters, armed with machine guns and rockets are likely to exacerbate the conflict in the country, which is on the brink of a new civil war.
A spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh February 28 denied reports that Belarus could send helicopters to Ivory Coast to bypass the UN embargo. This information also denied the government unrecognized by the international community preyzdenta Cote d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo.