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1st April 2011, 05:08 PM
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Socialist Forum of Ghana, has appealed to the Government not to allow Ghanaian soldiers to participate in any military intervention in Cote d’Ivoire.

Mr Kwesi Adu, Member of the Forum, described the incident in Cote
d’Ivoire as travesty and deception of the world. He said: “It is the deception and orchestration, which some West African leaders would like Ghanaian soldiers to join to install a President with an inconclusive election results”.

Addressing a press conference in Accra on Thursday, Mr Adu said
if the UN Security Council had adopted the recent decision of the
Economic Commission of West African State (ECOWAS) to turn the
peacekeepers into partisan fighters, the rationale for which the
government agreed to send troops would have been changed.

The press conference was to express concern on the deteriorating
situation in Cote d’Ivoire and attempts by some foreign governments
and organisations to stimulate civil and military strife in the
country.

Mr Adu said West African leaders were demanding an amendment to
the role of peacekeeping force from that of peacekeepers, protection
and monitoring role but rather seeking for belligerent and offensive
war machine on the side of one of the contending parties.

He said ECOWAS had no evidence to convince the world that the
second round of the Ivorian Presidential election results were
conclusive and credible because it had failed to send election
observer team to monitor the elections.

“It is an established tradition of ECOWAS to send election
observer team to monitor elections in West Africa. In the case of the
November 2010 election in Cote d’Ivoire, ECOWAS observer has not been
able to publish an interim report, four clear months after the
election”.

Mr Adu said a report made by Societe Civile Africaine pour la
Democratie et l’Assistance Electoral (OSCADAE), a non-governmental
organization (NGO) revealed that representatives of President Laurent
Gbagbo were denied access to polling stations and ballot boxes were
transported by men in military uniform without representatives from
the Electoral Commission.

The NGO also indicated that curfew was not observed in the
Northern, Western and Central parts of the country and opening of
polling stations were delayed for about 30 minutes to an hour. Mr Adu therefore declared the second round of voting in Cote
d’Ivoire as unfair and unclear.



Source: GNA