Côte d'Ivoire still a long way from stability

The ongoing division in Côte d'Ivoire, the humanitarian crisis that has been unleashed after five months of post-election violence and the future challenges for the country were the focus of the roundtable discussion 'Where next for Côte d'Ivoire?'  organised by the ICIP on Wednesday, 27 April at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània in Barcelona. In the debate, chaired by the COMRàdio journalist Siscu Baiges, the participants were Albert Caramés, ex-specialist in disarmament in the UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and a collaborator of the ICIP; Gemma Parellada, freelance journalist and correspondent in the area; Isabel Higuera, coordinator of international cooperation for the Akwaba Foundation; and Rafael Grasa, president of the ICIP. The speakers analysed the situation in Côte d'Ivoire after the fall of former President Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara's appointment as head of the Republic and emphasised that despite the outcome of the election, there is still a great deal of instability in the country, as a result of the episodes of violence and economic instability.