The UN has extended its mandate in Ivory Coast
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UN warns of civil war in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast is on the brink of civil war - that is the gloomy assessment from the United Nations.

The world has been almost unanimous in pressing Laurent Gbagbo to give up the presidency and accept defeat in last month's election - but with support from the army, he is refusing to oblige.

His backers accuse the UN of meddling.

From Abidjan, here's the BBC's John James on the latest developments and what it means for the region as a whole.

  • 23 Dec 2010