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UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UN-led)
Ex-Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo faces charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague in connection with months of post-election violence that killed 3,000 five years ago.
In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-Member body decreased the authorized ceiling of the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) from 5,437 to 4,000 military personnel by 31 March.
Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara promised "a new departure" for French-speaking Africa's largest economy on Wednesday as he started to reshuffle the government following his landslide re-election last October.
Ivory Coast's Ouattara wins second term (28.10.2015)
Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has won a second five-year term with nearly 84% of the vote, electoral commission officials say.
Ivory Coast readies for presidential poll (21.10.2015)
The election campaign is in full-swing in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's biggest city. On Sunday, more than 6 million voters are expected to go to the polls to choose their next leader. … The poll is crucial for the country after post-election violence five years ago left at least 3,000 people dead.
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara called on his supporters to "forgive" their political opponents on Sunday, while also urging them to mobilise for upcoming presidential elections in which he is seeking a second term.
Boubacar Kone, interim spokesman of the Ivorian Popular Front party, told VOA the people of Ivory Coast have already begun organizing protests against the vote, seen by many as crucial to return the country to stability since the violence that followed the 2010 presidential vote.
Ivory Coast opposition party to boycott election (09.08.2015)
The opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) is boycotting the upcoming October 25 presidential election, because it says the prevailing political and security conditions are not conducive for a peaceful, transparent and credible poll.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of Côte d’Ivoire has begun to register candidates for the presidential election of October. Registration will remain open through 25 August. … IEC has also made the electoral register public, including some 6.3 million voters.
Three concerns ahead of Côte d’Ivoire poll (21.07.2015)
Five years after Côte d’Ivoire’s disputed presidential election threw the country into turmoil and left more than 3,000 dead, its people are set to go to the polls again. Could we see similar unrest this October or will the West African nation turn the page and move forward?
Ivory Coast has charged 20 people with crimes committed during a brief civil war in 2010-11 including, for the first time, fighters who backed President Alassane Ouattara, an international human rights official said.
Security Council extends mandate of UNOCI (25.06.2015)
The Security Council today decided to extend the mandate of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) for another year, until 30 June 2016, as well as the authorization it provides to the French Forces in order to support the mission.
For Côte d’Ivoire, the October presidential election represents an important milestone in the consolidation of the hard-won gains of recent years, the United Nations envoy for the West African country today told the Security Council today, outlining a very different environment from 2010, but...
Ivorians divided over Simone Gbagbo conviction (10.03.2015)
An Ivorian court has sent former first lady Simone Gbagbo to jail for 20 years on charges linked to post-election violence. … Simone Gbagbo was tried alongside 82 other allies of her husband, ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, in a case that has revived deep divisions in Ivory Coast.
While praising Côte d’Ivoire’s significant progress towards lasting peace and economic recovery, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council today that vigilance and determination will still be required to hold onto recent gains and lay the ground for presidential...
Report of the Secretary-General on UNOCI (12.12.2014)
Protests by disgruntled soldiers in Ivory Coast have exposed the government's failure to reform its mutiny-plagued armed forces and its rapid capitulation sets a dangerous precedent in a country with bright economic prospects.
Ivory Coast's government agreed on Tuesday to pay back wages and overdue benefits to thousands of former rebels now serving in the army after they paralysed several towns across the country with protests, the ministers of defence and the interior said.
ICC prosecutors want joint Ivory Coast trial (05.11.2014)
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court said Tuesday they want to put Ivory Coast's former president and another suspect alleged to be one of his key supporters on trial together on charges of involvement in deadly violence that erupted after the country's 2010 presidential elections.
An endorsement from Ivory Coast's influential former leader Henri Konan Bedie has cleared President Alassane Ouattara's path to reelection next year but fuels uncertainty over the booming nation's longer-term future.
Members also agreed that the Mission should be reconfigured to consist of up to 5,437 military personnel from the current limit of 7,137. The Council made it clear that it would consider further downsizing of the Mission ahead of its possible termination after the October 2015 presidential...
With peacekeeping reductions in Côte d’Ivoire, rapid response is critical, UN envoy says (16.06.2014)
The reduction of peacekeeping personnel in Côte d'Ivoire will continue, given ‘impressive’ progress there, but the rapid reaction capabilities of remaining forces must be boosted to help ensure security during planned elections.
The changes are the result of a review of the embargo in light of progress made in the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) of combatants as well as security sector reform (SSR), national reconciliation and the fight against impunity.
A United Nations human rights expert today called on authorities in Côte d’Ivoire to undertake broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to prevent the country from “falling back into crisis.”
A senior Ivory Coast army officer is breaking a diamond embargo and may be using profits to buy arms, U.N. experts have found, dealing a potentially embarrassing blow to government efforts to have the ban lifted.
Côte d’Ivoire must adopt urgent reforms before the presidential elections scheduled for October, a United Nations independent expert today warned following an official visit to the country.
Ivory Coast 'reconciliation' efforts extended (04.02.2014)
The president of Ivory Coast has extended the mandate of a national "reconciliation commission", set up to heal the wounds of a conflict after contested elections that claimed 3,000 lives.
Ivory Coast is adding around 40 new vessels, mostly from French shipyard Raidco, to its depleted navy as it confronts a growing threat from pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, according to the country's defence minister.
In its latest report, Côte d’Ivoire’s Great West: Key to Reconciliation, the International Crisis Group examines the dynamics that threaten to reignite a crisis barely resolved.
Côte d'Ivoire: Security sector reform, national reconciliation needed in ahead of 2015 polls, UN says (28.01.2014)
Côte d'Ivoire is making “good progress” towards lasting peace and stability, but with presidential elections on the horizon, urgent steps need to be taken in security sector reform and national reconciliation, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council today.
Côte d'Ivoire truth panel seen faltering (13.01.2014)
Côte d'Ivoire’s Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CDVR) recently concluded its two-year mandate with a report detailing rights violations and the causes of past conflicts, but observers lambasted the panel for failing to help heal divisions and said that some of its findings were...
Ghana told a U.N. panel in July that Ivory Coast sent hit squads earlier this year to attempt to abduct or kill exiled supporters of ex-Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, the panel's report has revealed.
Alan White, the former chief of investigations for the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone, said the ICC’s work must include those groups which fought against the previous government. The ICC is gathering evidence to prosecute former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo for his role in a...
“The authorities’ decision is likely to re-launch the political dialogue vigorously,” said the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire, Doudou Diène.
The Council unanimously decided to extend the mandate of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) until 30 June 2014. … Members also agreed that the Mission should be reconfigured by 30 June 2014 to consist of 7,137 military personnel from the current limit of 10,400, as recommended in...
Ivory Coast reconciliation at 'dead end' (24.07.2013)
A bid to reconcile hardened enemies in Ivory Coast has all but broken down, according to participants and observers, and time is running out for a commission set up to heal the wounds of bitter strife.
Ouattara says he'll seek re-election in 2015 (03.07.2013)
Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara said Wednesday that he would seek re-election for a second term in 2015 in the world's top cocoa grower, the first time he has publicly commented on his leadership plans.
The report i.a. outlines benchmarks to measure and track progress towards the achievement of long-term stability in Côte d’Ivoire and to prepare for transition planning.
In spite of recent social and economic progress, Côte d’Ivoire needs to address its “profound political fragmentation,” a United Nations independent expert said today, stressing that political dialogue is fundamental for effective reconciliation.
Ivorians turned out in low numbers for Sunday's local elections, seen as a test of stability in the west African nation in a poll boycotted by former president Laurent Gbagbo's party. The UN had appealed for calm after skirmishes during the election campaign, voicing hope that the vote would help...
Ivory Coast wants drones to monitor Liberia border (17.04.2013)
Ivory Coast has asked the United Nations for drones to monitor its border with Liberia. The country's UN envoy believes drones are needed to make up for the expected decline in the UN's personnel presence. The UN is set to deploy such drones for the first time in the Democratic Republic of Congo,...
Significant threats confront Côte d’Ivoire despite progress towards stability, UN reports (16.04.2013)
Despite considerable progress since the end of the violent post-election crisis two years ago, Côte d’Ivoire still faces significant threats to its long-term stability, including the presence of armed elements, transnational crime, terrorism, piracy, and a security sector in need of reform, a top...
Côte d’Ivoire awash in weapons (16.04.2013)
Côte d’Ivoire’s recent turbulence - including the ouster of president Henri Konan Bédié in 1999, a long-running insurgency and deadly poll unrest in 2011 - has left the country awash in arms, which have contributed to human rights abuses, widespread crime and persistent insecurity.
New Ivory Coast unrest displaces thousands (27.03.2013)
In the past two weeks, three attacks have killed at least 13 people and displaced thousands in western Ivory Coast. Local officials say the attacks in Ivory Coast were carried out by armed groups crossing the border from neighboring Liberia.
The United Nations peacekeeping missions in Côte d’Ivoire and neighbouring Liberia have been reinforcing their patrols after an attack by armed elements in Petit Guiglo, in Côte d’Ivoire’s western region.
Arms transfers fuel instability in Ivory Coast (20.03.2013)
External arms transfers that played a pivotal role in Ivory Coast's decade-long political crisis continue to fuel instability and human rights abuses, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday. The group documented transfers involving arms traffickers both before and after the United Nations...
Cote d’Ivoire: Government returns to the north (30.11.2012)
After almost a decade of rebel rule, northern Côte d'Ivoire is coming to terms with a new authority as the government of President Alassane Ouattara, who assumed power some 18 months ago, establishes its presence in a region which effectively split from the rest of the country.
Thousands continue to flee Ivory Coast - report (28.11.2012)
A monitoring group says that thousands of people in Ivory Coast continue to flee their homes because of ongoing land conflicts and residual tension from last year's postelection violence.