FACTBOX-UN panel highlights push to destabilize Ivory Coast

Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:24pm GMT

Oct 10 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council's Ivory Coast sanctions committee is expected to discuss on Friday a report from its Group of Experts that monitors compliance with U.N. sanctions on the West African country.

The group's confidential report, seen in full by Reuters, said exiles supporting former President Laurent Gbagbo have organized themselves in a military structure and established a base in neighboring Ghana, from which they are working to destabilize the current Ivorian government.

The report's findings appear to add credence to allegations from the Ivorian authorities that military and civilian officials from Gbagbo's government, many of whom fled across the border at the end of last year's war, are continuing the fight against President Alassane Ouattara's government from Ghana.

Gbagbo's refusal to accept defeat in a 2010 election won by Ouattara led to a brief war last year that killed more than 3,000 people. He is now awaiting trial before the International Criminal Court on crimes against humanity charges for his alleged role in the violence.

The interim report also says Gbagbo supporters were looking to operate from Mali and had been in contact with Islamists who hijacked a revolt in the north after Malian soldiers toppled the president and left a power vacuum that enabled Tuareg rebels to seize two-thirds of the country.

Following are key excerpts and information from the report.

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