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India supports UNSC on Ivory Coast President

With that objective in mind,we have voted in favour of the resolution,” Puri said.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
April 1, 2011 12:54:43 am

India on Thursday supported the United Nations Security Council’s resolution imposing targeted sanctions on Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) President Laurent Gbagbo and his close aides for refusing to give up power,but warned that peacekeepers should not be used as ‘’instruments of regime change’’.

On Wednesday,the UNSC had adopted a resolution with 15-0 votes in favour of sanctions against Gbagbo,his wife and aides for refusing to quit despite losing the November 2010 presidential election to Alassane Ouattara.

India’s permanent representative to UN Hardeep Singh Puri said New Delhi was “seriously concerned” at the situation in the African nation and noted that it had supported all efforts to peacefully resolve the problem.

“To that end,we have supported the efforts of the ECOWAS (a regional west African body) and African Union to find a political solution leading to restoration of democracy and will of the Ivoirian people at the earliest. With that objective in mind,we have voted in favour of the resolution today (Thursday),” Puri said.

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