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    ICC Prosecutor Arrives in Ivory Coast for War Crimes Probe

    The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo (L) speaks with Ivorian Prime Minister Guillaume Soro at the Prime Minister's residence in Abidjan, October 14, 2011.
    The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo (L) speaks with Ivorian Prime Minister Guillaume Soro at the Prime Minister's residence in Abidjan, October 14, 2011.

    The International Criminal Court's top prosecutor is in Ivory Coast to investigate the deadly violence that followed last year's elections.

    Luis Moreno-Ocampo met with Prime Minister Guillaume Soro after arriving in the country late Friday.  He plans to also hold talks with representatives of the government and opposition, and from the Commission on Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation.

    President Alassane Ouattara recently launched the commission to help unify the country, and he vowed to hold accountable anyone responsible for war crimes in the post-election violence.

    Moreno-Ocampo's visit will include a probe into possible war crimes.

    President Ouattara won the November poll, but violence broke out after then-president Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down.

    The United Nations says at least 3,000 people were killed during the power struggle that followed.  It also says it has evidence that both sides committed atrocities.

    Earlier this month, the Hague-based ICC court authorized a probe into whether war crimes were committed.

    Mr. Ouattara was sworn into office after Mr. Gbagbo was captured in April and placed under house arrest.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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