Tensions continue to mount in Ivory Coast as the stand-off between incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo and West African leaders becomes entrenched. After losing a democratically-held election, Gbagbo has tacitly indicated it would take military intervention to remove him from the presidency ? a situation nobody wants to see realized. Yesterday Youssofou Bamba, Ivory Coast's new ambassador to the United Nations, said that the nation is on ?the brink of genocide.?
We speak to Peter Pham, senior vice president of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy ? a New York based think tank ? where his is an expert on African Security issues. And Cheick Cise, owner of The New Ivory Restaurant in Harlem, New York.