Côte d'Ivoire

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Current Operations


UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UN-led)
Begin: 04/04

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Opération Licorne

Begin: 09/02

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UN council removes 12-year-old arms embargo on Ivory Coast (28.04.2016)

The United Nations Security Council lifted a 12-year-old arms embargo on Ivory Coast on Thursday and renewed the UN peacekeeping mission in the West African state for a final year. … U.N. peacekeepers, who were deployed in 2004, will leave Ivory Coast by April 30, 2017, according to the resolution.

Ivory Coast to compensate thousands of conflict victims (20.04.2016)

Five years after the end of Ivory Coast’s second civil war, the government has released a list of over 300,000 people it considers as entitled to compensation for crimes suffered during both wars and as a result of political crises stretching back to 1990.

With peace and stability gains, Côte d'Ivoire 'on the rights track' – UN peacekeeping chief (12.04.2016)

With Côte d'Ivoire now firmly anchored on the path of peace, stability and economic recovery, the top United Nations peacekeeping official today said that it is perhaps time to consider wrapping up the UN mission and begin to consider the Organization’s future role in supporting the consolidating...

UN to end its mission in Cote d'Ivoire in June 2017 (06.04.2016)

The United Nations mission in Cote d'Ivoire will end in June 2017, a UN report published Tuesday by the local media has said. "The UN will continue reducing the size of its mission in Cote d'Ivoire and hopes to finally end it in June 2017," the report noted.

West Africa violence: France to deploy reaction force in Burkina Faso (15.03.2016)

France has said it will deploy a paramilitary police force in the capital of Burkina Faso to react quickly in the event of new attacks by Islamist militants in West Africa. The move comes two days after gunmen opened fire at an Ivory Coast beach resort killing 18 people, including four French...

Security Council condemns deadly Côte d'Ivoire terrorist attack (14.03.2016)

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, that killed at least 16 people and left many more injured, and for which Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility.

Former Ivorian leader becomes first ex-head of state to be tried by ICC (27.01.2016)

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.

UN peacekeeping force reduced in light of country’s progress towards stability (20.01.2016)

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 president vows 'more efficient government' (06.01.2016)

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 urges reconciliation ahead of key vote (14.09.2015)

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.

Former Ivory Coast President Gbagbo’s party calls for poll boycott (10.09.2015)

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.

Registration of candidates begins ahead of October vote (04.08.2015)

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 charges president's allies over post-vote violence (08.07.2015)

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.

Côte d’Ivoire will continue to need UN support, Security Council told (09.06.2015)

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.

Welcoming recent progress, UN envoy urges vigilance in run-up to elections (13.01.2015)

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...

Ivory Coast army protests sow fears of return to unrest (01.12.2014)

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 government yields to soldiers' demands after protests (19.11.2014)

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.

Ivory Coast deal may seal Ouattara's reelection, fuel uncertainty (22.09.2014)

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.

Security Council renews mandate of UN mission in Cote d’Ivoire (25.06.2014)

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.


Security Council lifts Côte d’Ivoire’s rough diamond ban, tweaks arms embargo (29.04.2014)

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.

UN expert calls for consultations on reforming Côte d’Ivoire’s electoral commission (23.04.2014)

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.”

Ivory Coast ex-rebel profiting from banned diamond trade – U.N. experts (22.04.2014)

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.

Urgent electoral reforms needed ahead of polls in Côte d’Ivoire – UN expert (24.02.2014)

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 rebuilding navy to ward off growing piracy threat (29.01.2014)

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.

Côte d’Ivoire’s Great West: Key to Reconciliation – new ICG report (28.01.2014)

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 says Ivory Coast sent agents to kill exiles – UN (02.12.2013)

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.

International Court urged to administer equal justice in Ivory Coast (16.10.2013)

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...

Release of former Gbagbo aides ‘major step’ for justice in Côte d’Ivoire – UN expert (07.08.2013)

“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.

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (30.07.2013)

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.

New report of the Secretary-General on the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (26.06.2013)

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.

Côte d’Ivoire must address ‘profound political fragmentation’ – UN expert (12.06.2013)

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.

Low turnout for Ivory Coast local polls amid opposition boycott (21.04.2013)

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...

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