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Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara addresses his nation from Abidjan after rival Laurent Gbagbo was arrested on April 11, 2011. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Healing For Ivory Coast?

Apr 12, 2011

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Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, delivered a broadcast address last night, saying his defeated rival, Laurent Gbagbo, would receive 'dignified treatment' now that he's been arrested. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says Ouattara also promised to create a 'truth and reconciliation' commission for Ivory Coast to investigate any war crimes.

The UN also named an investigator to probe alleged human rights abuses in Ivory Coast. Reuters says Vitit Muntabhorn, a Thai law professor, previously led UN investigations in North Korea.

The Wall Street Journal says defeated Gbagbo fighters are laying down their weapons but demilitarizing Abidjan will be difficult. The commercial capital is filled with armed and angry youths; rival militias have engaged in retaliatory attacks for months.

The humanitarian crisis is far from over. The British Red Cross says developments in Abidjan mean little for the 1 million refugees who've fled fighting. Tens of thousands of people escaped across the border into overwhelmed Liberia.

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