Sunday, November 30, 2003

Cote d'Ivoire: gov't soldiers to the French -- "leave"

"We are telling the whites to leave the front line... we have the means to get rid of them (the rebels)... in 48 hours we will liberate the country," said an unidentified officer in a red beret, surrounded by soldiers in fatigues.

"Your army is with you. This is not a coup d'etat. This is not a rebellion."

State radio said the statement was by Ivory Coast's security and defense forces. It said the soldiers forced their way into the state television building in the main city of Abidjan on Sunday, although there was no violence. (link)