Published March 26, 2013
MONROVIA, Liberia – U.N. officials in Liberia say they've temporarily halted the repatriation of tens of thousands of refugees from Ivory Coast because of continued unrest near the border between the two countries.
Robert Tibagwa of the U.N. refugee agency told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a convoy of people returning to Ivory Coast had to come back because of the security situation there. More than 150,000 Ivorians fled to Liberia in the wake of the country's post-election violence in 2010, and more than 60,000 are still in Liberia.
After the conflict, many fighters who supported ex-Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo fled into neighboring Liberia, where they are believed to have launched a series of deadly cross-border attacks.
One attack in June 2012 killed seven U.N. peacekeepers and 10 civilians.