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Russia warns against enforced change of power in Cote d'Ivoire

04-07-2011 16:58 BJT

MOSCOW, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Russia was uncertain that the arrival of the new authorities in Cote d'Ivoire would bring stability to this African country, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

"The enforced change of power may unlikely mean arrival of democracy, peace and stability in Cote d'Ivoire," the Foreign Ministry's spokesman Alexander Lukashevich was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.

The diplomat reminded that Moscow has warned about hard humanitarian consequences of the attempts to resolve the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire by force.

"We hope that the acute phase of the armed confrontation will be overcome swiftly and the citizens of Cote d'Ivoire with assistance of other Africans would find their way to national dialogue and reconciliation," Lukashevich said, adding that Russia would facilitate this process as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Earlier this week, Russia expressed its concern over participation of the alleged UN peacekeeping troops in the conflict. Moscow said the UN mission had no mandate to take a side in confrontation in this West African nation.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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