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Ouattara vows to bring perpetrators of atrocities to justice

L-R Ex-Pres Gbagbo, Bedie and current Pres OuattaraL-R Ex-Pres Gbagbo, Bedie and current Pres Ouattara
April 24, 2012

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has declared that his government would bring to justice perpetrators of the Duekoue massacre and other atrocities during the country’s armed conflict.

President Ouattara was speaking when he concluded his first official visit to Duekoue, where some three hundred people were massacred in 2011.

“I came to tell the people of Duekoue that Ivory Coast has not forgotten you. I came to bring the compassion of the whole nation. In the name of the nation, I pay tribute to the memories of all those men and women who lost their lives during the conflict our country has been going through,” the Ivorian President said.

His promise to bring perpetrators of the massacre in question and other human rights abuses to justice follows a call he made days ago for Ivorians to reconcile and unite.

Ever since he came to power last year, the Ivorian President has come under criticisms for only being keen to prosecute his main rival, ex-President Laurent Gbagbo and his supporters, while his allies, the former News Forces rebels and their supporters are being left untouched.

Ouattara also stressed the need to put an end to impunity in the country.

“Yes, all murderers will be punished, they shall be brought to justice, no one will be spared,” he promised.

Enroute from Duekoue, the Ivorian leader on Tuesday morning made a stopover in Man, one of the cities hit hard by the post election crisis.

Post elections violence between November 2010-April 2011 left some 3,00 people dead, with thousands of others wounded in addition to massive destruction of properties.

Hundreds of thousands of Ivorians were forced to flee the country, while tens of thousands have been internally displaced.



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