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Long road for Ivorian justice

May 6, 2013 at 9:31 AM   |   Comments

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, May 6 (UPI) -- Ivory Coast has a ways to go before it makes a clean break from civil conflict that resurfaced in the wake of disputed 2010 elections, a rights official said.

A national commission of inquiry said security forces and fighters loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo were responsible for violence that pushed Ivory Coast to the brink of civil war after the 2010 vote.

Gbagbo is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court on charges related to the post-election violence, which left more than 3,000 people dead.

Director of Ivorian Civil Society Convention Christophe Kouame told the United Nations' humanitarian news agency IRIN that government officials were wary of outstanding justice issues that could rekindle fighting.

"We should be realistic. Ivory Coast has a long way to go," he said. "We are not going to change things in one or two years."

IRIN reports at least 14 people died in March as a result of fighting near the country's western border with Liberia.

Justice Minister Gnenema Coulibaly said the government was working to repair its justice system by 2015.

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