All for war

Published: Sunday 15 August 2004

In the West African republic of Cote d'Ivoire everyone except ordinary citizens prefer war to peace. Government figures, rebels, businessmen and members of the security forces are some of the groups cashing in on the crisis.

That's what the International Crisis Group (icg) claims in its report entitled 'No Peace in Sight'. Following the September 2002 rebellion, civil war broke out in Cote d'Ivoire splitting the country into a government-controlled south and a rebel-held north. More than a year has passed since the official end of fighting, but the peace process is deadlocked and disarmament is yet to begin. According to icg, until the financial motivation of maintaining the impasse is addressed, there is little hope for Cote d'ivoire.

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