Tuesday roundup: Ivory Coast reaches its endgame
U.N. helicopters fire on a camp controlled by Laurent Gbagbo in Ivory Coast on Monday.
April 5th, 2011
08:20 AM ET

Tuesday roundup: Ivory Coast reaches its endgame

Overview:

– The final battle rages in Ivory Coast
– The Obama administration drops sanctions against former Libyan foreign minister
– The Libyan opposition rejects any peace proposal that leaves a Gadhafi in power
– Unrest in Yemen provides an opening for al Qaeda

Reports:

AP report that the final battle rages in Ivory Coast: "A spokesman for Ivory Coast's entrenched leader Laurent Gbagbo says his home has been hit at least 50 times by a United Nations Mi-24 helicopter. Spokesman Don Ahou Mello also confirmed Tuesday that a major military camp had been destroyed during Monday's attack. Mello said that Gbagbo "is still in Abidjan" but refused to speculate on whether he was considering resigning."

NYT reports that the Obama administration dropped sanctions against Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa who defected: "...it hoped the move would encourage other senior aides to abandon Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the country’s embattled leader."

Al Jazeera report that the Libyan opposition rejects any peace proposal that leaves Gadhafi or his sons in power: "A diplomatic push by Moammar Gadhafi's regime to end the country's conflict has run into trouble as the opposition said it rejected any proposal that would leave the Libyan leader or his sons in power. 'This war has shown everyone and the world that Gaddafi's sons are no different from him,' Iman Bughaigis, the opposition spokeswoman, said in Benghazi. 'They are two sides of the same coin.'"

Analyses:

Eric Schmitt explains how unrest in Yemen is providing an opening from an al Qaeda branch to train and plot: "Counterterrorism operations in Yemen have ground to a halt, allowing Al Qaeda’s deadliest branch outside of Pakistan to operate more freely inside the country and to increase plotting for possible attacks against Europe and the United States, American diplomats, intelligence analysts and counterterrorism officials say."

The Guardian’s editorial on the Ivory Coast examines why the idea of the Responsibility to Protect was absent from the debate about the Ivory Coast: "Responsibility to protect loomed large in the debate about intervening in Libya, but was long curiously absent from Ivory Coast. There, a large modern city with 4 million inhabitants was running out of food and water; looters roamed the streets; and a UN peacekeeping force was – until last night – sidelined to the role of outraged observers."

Aaron David Miller offers his proposal for how to break the Israeli-Palestinian deadlock: "Put an American president in the middle of the mix, Arab leaders in the Knesset, and millions of dollars into the new Palestinian state."


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  1. Onesmallvoice

    Does unrest in Yemen provide an opening for Al Qaeda? I find that extremely dubious since Al Qaeda has all it can do today just to survive. The right-wing news media is still trying to scare the public into supporting this creep Ali Abdullah Saleh into staying in power as another right-wing,pro-Western stooge.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply

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