IVORY COAST

LON95:GENEVA,SWITZERLAND,26DEC99 - FILE PHOTO OF 10JUN99 - Henri Konan Bedie, President of the Republic of Ivory Coast gestures during a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva June 10, 1999. Ivory Coast's ousted president, Henri Konan Bedie, flew into exile under French protection on Sunday, leaving the world's largest cocoa producer firmly in the hands of its new military rulers. The traditionally stable country's main city, Abidjan, tasted the beginnings of a return of normality after two nights of curfew and a Christmas Eve orgy of looting and car hijacking. ws/Photo by Pierre Virot REUTERS