Côte d'Ivoire: UN puts the life in front of sovereignty

This week, helicopters peacekeepers from France and the UN force in Côte d'Ivoire attacked forces loyal to the incumbent head of the country's Lyaranu Gbagbo. It is also reported that the UN forces have surrounded the residence of Gbagbo bunker near the capital, Abidjan, where, presumably, is itself Gbagbo and two hundred of his fans.

The UN believes that the presidential elections in Côte d'Ivoire in November last year, won the opponent Gbagbo Alyasan Uatara, whose troops have recently become an offensive on the capital, which is to still detained supporters of Gbagbo. But until the last week of the UN forces were neutral in this inner conflict. The said attack helicopters suggests that the UN has decided to leave the neutral and to be uniquely One way.

Russia has condemned the interference, making it clear that the UN peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire violated its mandate.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to justify "limited military action" UN peacekeepers need to protect the lives of the civilian population, and self-defense, saying that Gbagbo's forces before attacking patrols of UN peacekeepers and their main headquarters.

Observers believe this conflict, Now that, after the military intervention of UN peacekeepers, leaving Gbagbo became simultaneously. But at the same time they point out that Gbagbo still has significant support among the people (at the UN, he scored 46% of the vote in elections last year), and that the establishment of a new leader, Alyasana Watari, will not go smoothly. First of all, because it is through the establishment of "foreign bayonets," and that these bayonets is also France, in the past — the colonial Cote d'Ivoire.

Although the conflict in Côte d'Ivoire in our part of the world is perceived as something much more exotic than the NATO intervention in Libya, it is still his decision looks more certain than the exception, bearing in mind the political history of the world the last two decades.

In international law and political practice is increasingly entrenched belief that state sovereignty is not a reliable barrier to internal violence and coercion over its citizens. International intervention in Côte d'Ivoire and Libya shows in the first place just this. She recalls that, nevertheless, there is a certain limit for the arbitrariness of the sovereign rulers, even if not all of them will throw bombs to carry out the demarcation of the border.

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