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#46    Stellar


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Posted 07 November 2004 - 07:27 PM

Jeez Stellar...You've just got through calling the French 'frogs' in another post...

No actually I wasnt calling them frogs. Originally I was making a referance to how frog legs are a delicacy in france, hense the 'frog by frog" remark. Hell, I'm part french. I find that what I said is no different, and in fact less insulting, than any other jokes about Poles, Americans or any other country. Apparently, its all fine if you insult an american or americans, but it isnt fine if you make a joke about any other country?

So you haven't got any room to talk about 'rude' remarks. And besides don't you think it's a bit 'sissy' of the Americans complaining to you (of all people) about the French (what! all French people) calling them 'stoopid' (?)

Not sissy, I consider them whiners... but that doesnt change the way they're treated.

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Posted 07 November 2004 - 11:07 PM

Troops move to end Ivorian riots
France has also sent troops to the capital, Yamoussoukro

France says the situation in Ivory Coast is "under control" after its forces fanned out across the main city, Abidjan, to end anti-French riots.  

Troops in armoured cars took over road junctions and gunboats moved into position near bridges but Paris said it did not plan to evacuate its citizens.

Mobs went on the rampage after a day of bloodshed involving French forces sent to Ivory Coast as peacekeepers.

The UN has backed France's tough response to attacks on its soldiers.

French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said in Paris that while the situation was under control as of Sunday, it remained tense.

The French virtually wiped out the small Ivorian air force on Saturday shortly after an air raid on the rebel-held north of the country killed nine of their troops and wounded 22, and further damaged peace agreements reached with the rebels in July of last year.

France, the former colonial power, has dispatched 600 more troops to back up the 4,000 soldiers it already has in Ivory Coast as part of a UN force of 10,000.

The UN Security Council has called on both the Ivorian government and rebels to refrain from further violence.

The African Union has appointed South African President Thabo Mbeki to try to find a solution to the crisis and he is expected to arrive in Ivory Coast shortly.

The Ivorian government has said it is also sending troops out to "contain the vandals and stop the damage".  

Separately, the president's office announced that recent action against rebels in the north was over and the army ordered its soldiers to report to their units in Abidjan.

Community in fear

The French troops have moved at least 80 people to safer locations in Abidjan since supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo went on the rampage.  

Paris has denied official charges that its forces killed at least 15 protesters in the riots.  
Thousands of people armed with machetes and clubs have been roaming the streets, setting up roadblocks of burning tyres.  

French property in the Bietry and Cocody districts, including four schools and a library, were looted and the French-controlled airport came under attack.  

A mob near the main French military base demanded to know if there were any French living in the district.

"It's better to burn them, like in Algeria," one rioter was quoted as shouting by The Associated Press.

"They burned the whites - that's why they're respected."

An unidentified French engineer living in Ivory Coast told France 2 TV by telephone that expatriates were staying in their homes, preparing to leave:

"We aren't moving, we can't move any more, we can't go out. There are no more supplies coming in. We're waiting.

"There's a very, very palpable climate of fear, which means nobody dares talk. Everyone is packing their bags but won't dare tell the neighbours."  

'No hidden agenda'

Ivorian officials have been giving conflicting messages - some calling for a truce, others urging  the French to leave Ivory Coast.

"Vietnam will be as nothing compared with what we are going to do here," said parliamentary speaker Mamadou Coulibaly.

In Paris, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier denied his country's growing intervention was aimed at destabilising Ivory Coast.

"In no way is France there to destabilise the Ivory Coast and its institutions or take sides. Its aim above all is to preserve constitutional legality."

The French minister added that there was "no hidden agenda".  

Speaking on French LCI TV, he added that the government did not "anticipate an evacuation of [its] nationals from Ivory Coast at the moment".        

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Posted 07 November 2004 - 11:09 PM

UN Condems Ivory Coast Attacks

The UN Security Council has condemned the bombing raid in the Ivory Coast carried out by the military in which nine French peacekeepers were killed.  

After an emergency meeting, a statement was released calling for an immediate end to all military operations.

The Security Council also backed action by the French, who destroyed two government planes after the air strike.

The French ambassador to the UN has called for an arms embargo against the Ivory Coast government.  

There are some 10,000 French and UN peacekeepers in the Ivory Coast, most along the ceasefire line dividing the rebel-held north from the government-held south.  

The Security Council wasted no time in condemning the attack against the French peacekeepers and other recent air strikes in the rebel-held north.  

The unanimously-agreed statement demanded an end to all military operations and confirmed French and UN peacekeepers were authorised to use all necessary means to carry out their mandate.  

Arms embargo  

When asked about the French attack on Ivorian government planes, US ambassador to the UN, John Danforth, said they understood France would defend its troops and citizens when attacked.  

The emergency meeting was called by the French ambassador to the UN, Jean-Marc de la Sabliere.
Mr Annan helped broker a peace deal in July between the two sides
                                               He said he wanted an arms embargo imposed against the Ivory Coast government.  

The French are drawing up a resolution to follow the statement.  

The government in the Ivory Coast started carrying out air raids on Thursday on two cities in the rebel-held north, crossing the ceasefire line agreed last year.  

The attacks were condemned by the UN Security Council as grave and worrying.  

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan - who helped broker talks in July at which both sides recommitted themselves to a peace deal - also attended the emergency meeting.


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Posted 08 November 2004 - 10:49 AM

I am sure you are a really great guy. As I know Wun, Babs and others are all good people.

PLease , what did i have to do with that argument there lol.....

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Posted 08 November 2004 - 12:06 PM

There was no argument, it was just a compliment.   original.gif

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