At the United Nations, the security Council has unanimously approved a resolution calling on all states and international agencies to help Benin repair damage caused by an attack on its capital of Cotonou.
At the United Nations, the security Council has unanimously approved a resolution calling on all states and international agencies to help Benin repair damage caused by an attack on its capital of Cotonou. The attack, which took place last January, was alleged to have been carried out by foreign mercenaries. And a reporter submitted to the council estimated the costs of the repairs at 28 million dollars. Before the council passed the resolution on Thursday (24 November), its president, Mansoor Kikhia of the Libyan Jamaniriyah, urged swift international action against the practice of recruiting mercenaries. Otherwise, he warned, their activities would be intensified, particularly against small states like Benin, which was previously known as Dahomey and lies in West Africa.
SYNOPSIS: Among those expressing sympathy and support for Benin during the debate was Angolan representative Elisio de Figueiredo.
Benin's delegate Thomas Boya thanked members for their unanimous support -- the soviet Union was among states which had supported Benin. Mr. Boya said the echo of their solidarity "was heard in my country".
According to a report submitted to the security council, the attackers went to Benin from Gabon and originated in France, Senegal and the Ivory Coast. The report suggested that they were trained in Morocco.