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UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UN-Geführt)
Laurent Gbagbo's son charged (10.08.2011)
The son of Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo is among 12 people who have been charged over post-election violence which killed an estimated 3,000 people.
ECOWAS seeks lasting peace in Cote d'Ivoire (02.08.2011)
President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will take drastic steps to ensure peace and security breaches arising from post election issues in Cote d'Ivoire were promptly addressed for enduring peace in the country.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Albert Gerard (Bert) Koenders of the Netherlands as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI). He will replace Choi Young-jin of the Republic of Korea, who will complete his assignment on...
Forced to fight five months for the power his November election should have given him peacefully, Côte d’Ivoire’s new president now faces multiple urgent challenges to keep the country from fragmenting. “A Critical Period for Ensuring Stability in Côte d’Ivoire”, the latest report from the...
The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire for another year to assist the country tackle the many challenges it faces following the recent post-election crisis.
Côte d'Ivoire faces multiple challenges after emerging from its recent post-electoral crisis, but none more critical than restoring law and order throughout the West African nation, the top United Nations envoy there said today.
The United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire is to establish eight new military camps in the country’s west, where security concerns remain following the bloody post-election crisis that ended in mid-April.
The Security Council today extended the deployment of the additional 2,000 troops and the air assets it sent to reinforce the United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire in the wake of the violence that erupted following last November’s elections.
Ivory Coast signs ICC accord, pledges no impunity (28.06.2011)
Ivory Coast's justice minister pledged that no one who committed war crimes during a post-poll power struggle would escape justice, as he signed a cooperation accord on Tuesday with the International Criminal Court (ICC).
New report of the Secretary-General on UNOCI (24.06.2011)
International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, will request authorization from the Judges to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Cote d’Ivoire. If the Chamber grants the authorization the Office of the Prosecutor will open an...
Ivory Coast sets up body to probe abuses (16.06.2011)
Ivorian authorities have said they are setting up a national commission to investigate crimes committed during recent months of violence.
At least 300,000 civilians are still displaced in Côte d’Ivoire two months after the end of the post-election crisis, the United Nations refugee agency reported, adding that ongoing insecurity in some areas is preventing their return.
Serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law were committed following last November’s presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire, according to investigators.
President Alassane Ouattara inaugurated (21.05.2011)
Alassane Ouattara has been inaugurated as the president of Ivory Coast in the capital, Yamoussoukro, after months of violence and political turmoil.
Security in Côte d’Ivoire’s biggest city, Abidjan, is improving and commercial activities such as retail trade and banking are resuming, but tensions remain high in other parts of the country, notably the west, where outbreaks of violence have been recorded, the United Nations reported today.
Militiamen loyal to former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo killed 120 people during a "scorched earth" retreat from Abidjan last week, the Defence Ministry said. The United Nations said it was investigating the report.
United Nations human rights workers have found the bodies of nearly 70 people, apparently the victims of a militia backing the former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, in a series of graves in a suburb of Côte d’Ivoire’s biggest city, Abidjan.
Ivory Coast troops retake pro-Gbagbo area of Abidjan (05.05.2011)
Government forces in the Ivory Coast say they are now in control of the whole of the main city of Abidjan. Supporters of ousted President Laurent Gbagbo had been holding out in Yopougon district but a military commander said they had now been defeated.
More than three weeks after the end of the post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, the humanitarian situation in the country remains alarming for tens of thousands of civilians despite improved security, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.
Ivory Coast insurgent militia leader killed (28.04.2011)
The leader of a militia that helped Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara defeat rival Laurent Gbagbo was killed in a gun battle on Wednesday after he and his men refused to obey a presidential order to disarm.
The post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire may have ended but thousands of civilians are still suffering from the consequences of the four months of turmoil that engulfed the West African nation and require increased humanitarian assistance, the United Nations said today.
Aid agencies fighting to remain impartial (22.04.2011)
The perceived impartiality of UN aid agencies and NGOs is still at risk and must be re-stressed in Côte d’Ivoire, say NGOs, given the UN peacekeeping force’s direct role in the fighting.
Ivory Coast's new President Alassane Ouattara has said all sides in the country's conflict must face justice. He said he would ask the International Criminal Court to probe massacres in which both his forces and those of his rival Laurent Gbagbo were suspected.
Opponents besiege Ivory Coast strongman (07.04.2011)
Opposition forces in Ivory Coast besieged the residence of the nation’s strongman, Laurent Gbagbo, for a second consecutive day on Thursday, hoping to seize him alive for a possible trial after he refused French and United Nations demands to step down.
The Council of the European Union adopted new legislation today to impose additional restrictive measures against Côte d'Ivoire, in view of the gravity of the situation there.
The office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today said it may open investigations into the “widespread and systematic” killings in Côte d’Ivoire, including the reported mass murder of civilians, saying it is gathering information on alleged crimes by all parties to the...
Ivory Coast: Ouattara fighters "take capital" (31.03.2011)
Forces loyal to one of Ivory Coast's rival presidents, Alassane Ouattara, have captured the administrative capital Yamoussoukro, residents say.
Demanding end to violence in Côte d’Ivoire, Security Council imposes targeted sanctions (30.03.2011)
With the post-electoral deadlock in Côte d’Ivoire now entering its fifth month and the crisis showing no signs of abating, the Security Council today demanded an immediate end to the violence against civilians and decided to impose targeted sanctions against former president Laurent Gbagbo, his...
The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast says it is concerned that heavy weapons could be used against civilians as rival presidents struggle for power. In a statement Tuesday, the mission said forces loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo are repairing an attack helicopter and preparing...
Thousands of residents of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, have been flocking to bus stations seeking transport out of the city fearing that an all-out war is in the offing after an escalation of violence, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
Ivory Coast: Laurent Gbagbo supporters 'join army' (21.03.2011)
Thousands of supporters of Ivory Coast's disputed President Laurent Gbagbo have gathered at an army base to enlist, amid fears the crisis could destabilise West Africa.
A spokesman for Ivory Coast's internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara on Sunday urged the UN to take stronger action to protect civilians caught up in political violence.
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today strongly condemned the increasing violence that is affecting many parts of the country, calling for an immediate end to the strife that is hampering efforts to resolve the ongoing political crisis.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of an experienced Togolese military officer as the new Force Commander for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).
Ivory Coast's internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara warned rival Laurent Gbagbo Tuesday that he had a "last chance" to peacefully step down, as fresh violence rocked Abidjan.
Ivory Coast rebels claim to expand their advance (06.03.2011)
Rebels opposed to the strongman Laurent Gbagbo seized a town near the Liberian border on Sunday … in a further sign of Ivory Coast’s possible slide toward civil war.
Côte d’Ivoire is on the verge of a new civil war between the army loyal to the defiant Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to acknowledge he lost the November 2010 presidential election, and the “Forces nouvelles” (FN), the ex-insurgency now supporting the winner, Alassane Ouattara.
Ivory Coast fighting spreads to southern Abidjan (02.03.2011)
Explosions rocked the southern Abidjan suburb of Koumassi overnight and on Wednesday, as fighting between insurgents seeking to oust Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo and security forces spread to new areas of the main city.
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today deplored the excessive use of force against demonstrators in the city of Abidjan and surrounding areas over the past couple of days, saying the violence had left dozens of people dead or wounded.
The Security Council today decided to extend up to three months the temporary redeployment of United Nations peacekeeping units from Liberia to Côte d’Ivoire, which has been bedevilled by a political deadlock arising from presidential elections late last year.
Côte d’Ivoire – revised IRIN briefings (15.02.2011)
… IRIN’s series of revised briefings takes a look at the handling of the crisis by the UN, African Union, ECOWAS, western governments and the European Union (EU), while also looking at the humanitarian consequences of the breakdown.
Ivory Coast's Gbagbo seeks to sue ECOWAS over polls (14.02.2011)
Lawyers for Ivory Coast's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo have asked a court in Nigeria to annul declarations by regional body ECOWAS that his rival Alassane Ouattara won a presidential election last November.
United Nations peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire, where former president Laurent Gbagbo refuses to step down despite his electoral defeat, are crucial to preventing a possible resumption of civil war, and they will respond with force if attacked, the top UN envoy in the country said today.
AU mediators arrive in Ivory Coast (06.02.2011)
Experts sent by an African Union panel tasked with mediating peace in Ivory Coast arrived here Sunday for discussions with the country's two rival presidents.
Several countries are ready to provide reinforcements for the 9,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire, where the former president’s refusal to step down despite his electoral defeat has led to violence and the displacement of tens of thousands of people, a top UN official...
No question of recognising Gbagbo, ECOWAS says (30.01.2011)
Recognising Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo as president is out of the question for African leaders trying to resolve the country's post-election crisis, the West African regional bloc ECOWAS said on Sunday. Its statement was the strongest sign yet that Gbagbo had failed to convert African unease over...
Côte d'Ivoire: UN and African blocs must remain united to ensure respect of poll results – Ban (29.01.2011)
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined the principles he said should guide efforts to resolve the political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire, including the demand that outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo step down to allow the formation of a national unity government by president-elect, Alassane...
African Union in new move to end Ivory Coast crisis (28.01.2011)
The African Union said on Friday it would form a panel of heads of state to solve the leadership crisis in Ivory Coast which would come up with a legally binding settlement within one month.