Int'l court prosecutor to visit Ivory Coast

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Posted: Oct 14, 2011 10:48 AM
Int'l court prosecutor to visit Ivory Coast

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor says he will visit Ivory Coast over the recently opened investigation into war crimes during the West African nation's six-month-long political standoff.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo also said Friday that the Hague-based court is "closely monitoring" neighboring Liberia after a presidential vote there this week.

In his weekend visit to Ivory Coast, Moreno-Ocampo says he will meet with political figures on both sides of the conflict, with victims and with the newly formed reconciliation commission.

The court earlier this month authorized an investigation into violence that left thousands dead after a disputed presidential election last year.

Ivory Coast's president asked the international court to investigate crimes committed by both sides.