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Britain says it will support military intervention in Ivory Coast

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(Read caption) UN peace keeper patrol vehicles secure an area in a highly visible presence in Abidjan, Ivory coast on Wednesday. President Laurent Gbagbo refuses to accept the results of the Nov.28 election and seems unable to control his supporters. Britain has announced it will support military intervention to prevent genocide and civil war.

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With Ivory Coast's defeated incumbent president still refusing to step down, British officials have said their country would support the use of United Nations-sanctioned military force to resolve the situation.

While William Hague, the United Kingdom’s foreign secretary has said the UK is not about to deploy British troops to the African nation, they are taking a number of other diplomatic measures to bring an end to the political stand-off, reports Britain’s Press Association.

The race between President-elect Alassane Ouattara and incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo was tight, and President Gbagbo refuses to leave office, even though Ouattara is recognized as the victor by the international community. Gbagbo still maintains control of the nation’s armed forces and Mr. Ouattara and his supporters are currently trapped in a hotel.

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