Since the United Nations doesn't have a formal military, the country of France put on the United Nation Sticker and ended the carnage in the Ivory Coast. Therefore, why couldn't the United Nation put ground forces and end the Libyan conflict? If NATO can't do it under their flag, let the UN have a shot at it. Remember, the 28 countries that comprises NATO are also members of the 113 countries that comprises the United Nation. It only makes sense. It will stop further bloodshed and wasted expense to this stupid Libyan war. Go in and get Gaddafi. How hard is that?
(Reuters) - Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo was arrested on Monday after French armoured vehicles closed in on the compound where the self-proclaimed president had been holed up in a bunker.
A column of more than 30 French armoured vehicles moved in on Gbagbo's residence in Abidjan after helicopter gunships attacked the compound overnight in bid to end a months-long political standoff that had descended into civil war.
Gbagbo refused to step down when Alassane Ouattara won last November's presidential election, according to results certified by the United Nations, reigniting a civil war that has claimed more than a thousand lives and uprooted a million people.
"Yes, he has been arrested," Affoussy Bamba, a spokeswoman for Ouattara, told Reuters.
Gbagbo's spokesman in Ivory Coast, Ahoua Don Mello, told Reuters: "President Laurent Gbagbo came out of his bunker and surrendered to the French without offering resistance."
French officials said Gbagbo had been arrested by Ouattara's forces backed by the United Nations and the French military.
A French Defence Ministry official said: "It's not French forces who arrested Laurent Gbagbo ... It was Ouattara forces supported by UNOCI (the U.N. mission) and Licorne (French forces)."