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Region blamed for Ivorian horror (28.12.2004)

(Quelle: BBC) President Laurent Gbagbo has called on the United Nations to impose sanctions on neighbouring countries involved in Ivory Coast's two year conflict. Mr Gbagbo said a leaked UN report detailing widespread abuses showed the country was a victim of deserting soldiers backed by...

UN/Government may extend joint street patrols (28.12.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) After a first smooth week patrolling the streets of Abidjan, joint security teams made up of UN peacekeepers and Ivorian government forces may be set up in other towns in the troubled West African country, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday. … “We will assess the...

Joint UN-Côte d'Ivoire Patrols Start Today in Abidjan to Improve Security (22.12.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) Patrols would eventually be organized in other towns, restoring public confidence in the world's top cocoa-growing country. In a report submitted last week, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan asked the Security Council to boost the capacity of the authorized 6,240-member UNOCI by 850...

Rebels Cautious on Ivory Coast Constitution Change (18.12.2004)

(Quelle: SABC News) Ivory Coast's move to allow an opposition leader to run for the presidency will only speed peace if the president does not put it to a referendum, rebel and opposition leaders said today. Parliament passed a constitutional change yesterday to allow presidential candidates with...

Ivory Coast MPs Pass Key Reforms (17.12.2004)

(Quelle: BBC) Ivory Coast's parliament has passed a series of laws as part of efforts to revive the deadlocked peace accord. The new measures include a constitutional change allowing presidential candidates with only one Ivorian parent to contest elections. The measure could clear the way for...

UN Seeks More Ivory Coast Troops (15.12.2004)

(Quelle: BBC) The UN peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast has asked for reinforcements in the light of the deteriorating situation in the country. It says it needs an additional 1,000 troops to continue to maintain order in the West African country. .. A UN official in the country told the BBC he...

Will the UN Security Council Impose a Second Wave of Sanctions? (14.12.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) Algerian ambassador Abdallah Baali, the Security Council president for December, seemed to hint on Monday that the UN might wait and give a recent peace drive by South African President Thabo Mbeki time to bear fruit. … 'I think that it's reasonable not to expect the UN...

Annan Calls for Long-Term Peacekeeping Strategies (14.12.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on the Security Council and West African regional leaders to propose new long-term strategies for Côte d'Ivoire, saying that last month's crisis highlighted the limitations of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there. The attacks...

All Sides Pledge Commitment to Peace Process (07.12.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) South African President Thabo Mbeki ended his mediation in Cote d'Ivoire having wrangled promises from all sides to revive the flagging peace process. But the jury is out on whether his efforts will bear fruit, or whether the government and the rebels will backslide as before...

Annan's Special Representative in Côte d'Ivoire Resigns (06.12.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) In a letter dated 24 November, Albert Tévoédjrè, head of the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI), resigned effective the end of next month, or until he could be replaced, spokesman Fred Eckhard said in New York. The 75-year-old official, a former senior...

Gbagbo ouvre la voie à une candidature d'Alassane Ouattara à la présidence (05.12.2004)

(Quelle: Le Monde) L'article 35 de la Constitution, que le président ivoirien accepte de réviser, exige que tout candidat soit 'de père et de mère ivoirien d'origine'. Il empêche actuellement l'opposant Alassane Ouattara, chef du Rassemblement des Républicains (RDR) de...

Row Develops over Killings by French Troops (01.12.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) The French government has admitted that its soldiers in Cote d'Ivoire killed 'about 20' people in Abidjan last month when they fired into angry crowds of supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo. The revelation, in a statement by the Defence Ministry on Tuesday, has raised...

Côte d'Ivoire Rebels Pledge no Repeat of Hostile Acts against UN Relief Flights (01.12.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) A senior United Nations official has obtained assurances from the rebels in Côte d'Ivoire that there will be no repetition of the kind of incident that forced the world body's emergency feeding agency to suspend flights last week after one of its planes was met with shots...

Mbeki Takes Centre-Stage in Quest for Peace (26.11.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) (South African President Thabo) Mbeki was called in as a peacemaker by the African Union after Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo launched an abortive offensive to recapture the rebel-held north of Cote d'Ivoire on 4 November, breaking an 18-month ceasefire. … Following a...

Human rights abuses continue to be reported - UN mission (23.11.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) Human rights abuses in Côte d'Ivoire are giving rise to concern, with cases of arbitrary arrests, incommunicado detention and forced disappearances continuing to be reported nationwide after the resurgence of violence in the West African country earlier this month, the United...

French peacekeepers start to pull back from key sites in Abidjan (23.11.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) French peacekeepers, who beefed up their presence in Cote d'Ivoire's main city Abidjan following unrest earlier this month, have started to pull back from key sites, including the city's airport, a French military spokesman said on Tuesday. … The French military spokesman...

Gbagbo vows not to 'hinder' peace (17.11.2004)

(Quelle: BBC) Ivory Coast's President Laurent Gbagbo has said he will not be an obstacle to peace efforts in his divided country. Mr Gbagbo's TV statement - read by his spokesman - came a day after the UN Security Council imposed an immediate arms embargo on Ivory Coast. But the statement said the...

Sanctions imposed but political stalemate strong as ever (17.11.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) The United Nations may have slapped an embargo on Cote d'Ivoire, but with both government and rebels digging in their heels over key issues that have deadlocked the political process for months, analysts and diplomats doubt the sanctions will prompt a fast return to the...

UN reports improvement in Côte d'Ivoire conflict with hate messages ending (16.11.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) Despite a high degree of uncertainty in the resurgent conflict in Côte d'Ivoire, life seems to be returning to normal in Abidjan and other major cities and hate broadcasts that raised the spectre of further ethnic violence have given way to calls for restraint and a return to...

Security Council imposes immediate arms embargo against Côte d'Ivoire (15.11.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) Seeking to end the violence in Côte d'Ivoire, the United Nations Security Council today imposed an immediate, 13-month arms embargo against the country and gave the parties there one month to get the peace process back on track or face a travel ban and a freeze on their...

The French are snared, but this struggle is Ivoirian (10.11.2004)

(Quelle: New York Times) The news reports streaming out of Abidjan, Ivory Coast's once shining metropolis, seem like a throwback to a bygone era: white men and women cowering in their homes, black men and women rampaging through the streets, European soldiers swooping down in helicopters and...

Evakuierungsaktion gestartet (10.11.2004)

(Quelle: NZZ) Nach mehrtägigen Unruhen in Côte d'Ivoire haben Frankreich und die Vereinten Nationen eine Evakuierungsaktion für mehrere tausend Ausländer begonnen. … Uno-Sprecher Philippe Moreux sprach von einer «feindseligen Menge», die Parolen wie «alle...

La situation est de plus en tendue à Abidjan (09.11.2004)

(Quelle: Le Monde) Abidjan, où les violences se perpétuent depuis jeudi 4 novembre et qui connaît un bilan déjà lourd, a été le théâtre de nouveaux affrontements mardi 9 novembre, provoquant la mort de sept manifestants et un soldat ivoirien. Alors...

Ivorian President pleads for calm (08.11.2004)

(Quelle: BBC) Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has appealed for calm after a weekend of violence against French targets. In a televised address, he also justified his army's return to war. … South African President Thabo Mbeki is preparing to leave for Ivory Coast, at the request of the...

French unleash force against chaos (08.11.2004)

(Quelle: Washington Post) The French military used overwhelming force Sunday to put down an explosion of anti-French violence in its former West African colony, deploying troops, armored vehicles and helicopter gunships against machete-waving mobs that went from house to house hunting for...

Ivorian Rebels Give War Warning (29.10.2004)

(Quelle: BBC) Ivory Coast's rebel leader has warned of an imminent return to war, accusing the government of preparing to attack. Political leader of the New Forces, Guillaume Soro, ordered eight rebel ministers to leave their government posts and head to the rebel-held north. He has accused the...

West Africa Calls on Ivory Coast to Fulfil Peace Pact Pledges (22.10.2004)

(Quelle: Reliefweb) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, secretary general of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), said President Laurent Gbabgo's government and the former rebels should stick to their pledges made in peace pacts in the French town of Linas-Marcoussis and the Ghanaian capital...

Government appeals for calm as disarmament fails to start (15.10.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) The government of Cote d'Ivoire appealed for calm as the much-hyped deadline for disarmament to begin passed by on Friday with rebel forces refusing to hand in a single weapon. Defence Minister Rene Amani said a television broadcast on Thursday night that people should not pay...

Rebels refuse to disarm (12.10.2004)

(Quelle: Reliefweb) Rebels in northern Ivory Coast say they will not turn in their arms until political reforms outlined in a peace accord signed in July are fully implemented. The disarmament was due to begin Friday. The announcement was made a day after troops at the U.N. mission in Ivory Coast...

Protesters attack UN base (08.10.2004)

(Quelle: New York Times) At least 1,000 protesters tried to storm a United Nations military base in the country's rebel-held north, angered by talk that the international troops may start forcibly disarming the rebels. … Under a peace deal signed in July, the rebels are to start disarming on...

French troops face Abidjan uproar (05.10.2004)

(Quelle: BBC) French soldiers on peacekeeping duty in Ivory Coast have used tear gas against protesters throwing stones at their base in the main city, Abidjan. The Young Patriots - who back President Laurent Gbagbo - were demanding to know the names of 12 French troops suspected of robbing a bank...

UN envoy consults with West African leaders on peace process (04.10.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) A senior United Nations envoy has begun a mission to consult with West African leaders regarding the situation in Côte d'Ivoire and to discuss proposals on how to ensure the full implementation of pledges made by Ivorian parties at a peace summit earlier this year. Albert...

Hopes of October disarmament dashed as reforms remain blocked (30.09.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) Hopes that rebel forces in Cote d'Ivoire would start to hand in their weapons on 15 October have evaporated after a special session of parliament closed without approving a series of political reforms which were meant to pave the way for disarmament.

Setback for peace hopes (29.09.2004)

(Quelle: BBC) Ivory Coast's parliament has broken up without agreeing a set of laws, which were a key part of the peace process. The special six-week session ended without agreeing to make it easier for foreigners to acquire Ivorian citizenship - a central rebel demand. Parliament also failed to...

UN-run 'peace corridors' allow civilians to travel across divided Côte d'Ivoire (20.09.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) Corridors of peace facilitating travel across the divided West African nation of Côte d'Ivoire have opened with United Nations assistance, allowing families separated by the conflict there to reunite. Convoys carrying dozens of children travelled on Sunday out of the...

Another year of stalemate in the peace process (17.09.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) Two years after the outbreak of civil war, Cote d'Ivoire remains partitioned and unstable. The guns have fallen silent, but none of the underlying causes of the conflict have been resolved. Diplomats and political analysts worry that the prospects for holding free and fair...

Partisan political posturing is hurting Côte d'Ivoire, report to UN warns (14.09.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) Prominent political figures in Côte d'Ivoire continue to posture for partisan gains for themselves in the current peace process, the monitoring group comprising representatives from the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI), the African Union (AU) and the Economic...

Ivorian debate on nationality code withdrawn (09.09.2004)

(Quelle: IOL News) Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has 'momentarily withdrawn' from the parliamentary agenda a debate on the country's nationality code, an issue that was key in sparking an uprising two years ago which still divides the west African country, officials said on Thursday. In a...

Monitoring group reports progress in follow-up to peace pledges (31.08.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) Reinforcing its commitment to a 2003 peace pact that ended Côte d'Ivoire's fierce civil war, the Government has followed through on pledges made last month at a summit co-hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan by transferring sweeping powers from the President...

Ex-Ivorian rebels to start disarmament in October (27.08.2004)

(Quelle: ANGOP) New Forces, the former Ivorian rebel Groups, will start disarming their troops with effect from October, according to Ousmane Fofana, a spokesman of the armed movement in France.

UN commission starts investigations in Ouagadougou (24.08.2004)

(Quelle: ANGOP) Five members of the United Nations International Commission of Inquiry in Cote d`Ivoire Monday in Ouagadougou began hearing cases of people affected by the outbreak of the crisis in the neighbouring country. … The UN Security Council created the commission to investigations...

First joint rebel and government police force to start patrols (19.08.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) Eight paramilitary gendarmes and four rebel fighters are to form Cote d'Ivoire's first mixed police unit charged with patrolling the troubled town of Bangolo, which lies on the frontline in a zone plagued by ethnic clashes, a UN official said on Thursday. … The creation of...

UN radio station finally starts broadcasting (13.08.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) A UN radio station finally took to the airwaves in Cote d'Ivoire on Friday after months of wrangling with the government, kicking off its campaign to bring impartial news and messages of peace to the crisis-hit country with a speech from Secretary-General Kofi Annan. … It...

Reconciliation pact calls for monitoring group of UN and others (11.08.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) The latest deal binding leaders of Côte d'Ivoire's political parties to implement a 2003 peace agreement, which ended bitter fighting, calls for the establishment of a monitoring group that would submit a progress report every two weeks to the United Nations, the Economic...

Ivorian rebels rejoin government (09.08.2004)

(Quelle: BBC) Ivorian opposition ministers and rebels have attended their first cabinet meeting after a four-month boycott. The ministers, including rebel leader Guillaume Soro, left the power-sharing government after 120 people died during a banned opposition protest in March. A recent peace...

UN mission confirms existence of mass graves (03.08.2004)

(Quelle: UN News) A human rights team sent to investigate gross violations during clashes between rival groups of the main national opposition party in northern Côte d'Ivoire has found three mass graves containing at least 99 bodies, the peacekeeping United Nations Operation in the West...

Peace summit sees disarmament starting in October (01.08.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) Under heavy pressure from a dozen African leaders and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the leaders of the rival factions in Cote d'Ivoire have agreed to a new timetable to put the country's faltering peace process back on track, with the aim of starting a disarmament programme on...

Rivals to hold crucial peace talks (28.07.2004)

(Quelle: East African Standard) Ivory Coast’s president, rebels and opposition leaders will start make-or-break talks in Ghana on Thursday to revive a moribund peace deal in the world’s top cocoa producer, still split in two by civil war. The rebels, who accuse President Laurent Gbagbo...

UN human rights team lands as political stalemate continues (16.07.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) Joseph Owondo, the head of the human rights department at the UN Operations in Cote d’Ivoire, said the five-member international team had arrived in Abidjan on Thursday on a three month mission. Diplomats said the UN human rights team would be working on both sides of the...

UN probing human rights violations after rebel clashes (08.07.2004)

(Quelle: Irinnews) The United Nations mission in Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI) has said it is investigating reports of human rights violations in the northern town of Korhogo following bloody clashes between rival rebel factions there last month. Supporters of rebel leader Guillaume Soro clashed with a...