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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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...

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.

UN peacekeepers step up patrols in western Côte d’Ivoire after deadly attack (25.03.2013)

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.

Côte d’Ivoire: Defusing Tensions – new ICG report (26.11.2012)

President Alassane Ouattara’s coalition is walking a dangerous path toward polarisation by repeating mistakes made by previous governments that could ultimately lead Côte d’Ivoire back to crisis. Côte d’Ivoire: Defusing Tensions, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines...

Ivory Coast president dissolves Cabinet (14.11.2012)

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara dissolved his Cabinet on Wednesday over an apparent feud between member parties of his governing coalition, a senior official said.

State security versus security sector reform (01.11.2012)

Eighteen months after the post-electoral crisis in Côte d'Ivoire, the country's security sector remains both a source of conflict and a key to peace. At present, however, pressing security considerations risk sending much-needed security sector reform down the wrong path, argues Arthur Boutellis.

Ivory Coast, Liberia plan joint military operation on border (18.10.2012)

West African neighbours Ivory Coast and Liberia will launch a joint military operation by the end of the year along their volatile and porous border, the two nations' presidents announced on Thursday. Western Ivory Coast has been the target of deadly raids blamed on supporters of former president...

Facing insecurity with unreformed army (17.10.2012)

Armed raids on military and police bases, a border post and other key installations in Côte d'Ivoire since August are deepening insecurity in a country struggling to forge a unified armed force to help restore stability after 2010-2011 electoral unrest.

Ivory Coast exiles set up strategic command in Ghana-UN panel (09.10.2012)

Exiles supporting Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo have established a base in neighboring Ghana from which they are working to destabilize the current Ivorian government, according to excerpts from a new report by a U.N. expert panel.

Post-election trials begin (02.10.2012)

A key ally of Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo has gone on trial in Abidjan, in the first case of those accused over the 2010-11 post-election violence.

Ivory Coast violence stokes political tensions (31.08.2012)

Defense Minister Paul Koffi Koffi warned this week the government will not tolerate continued subversive action that he calls an impediment to reconciliation.

Ivory Coast reconciliation chief says country needs dialogue (29.08.2012)

The head of Ivory Coast's post-war reconciliation panel says the country urgently needs dialogue amid a resurgence of tensions between President Alassane Ouattara and the opposition.

UN peacekeeper presence increased following attack on Côte d’Ivoire military checkpoint (28.08.2012)

An attack by unidentified gunmen in Côte d’Ivoire has left four people dead and the presence of United Nations peacekeepers in the area of the attack has been increased, a UN spokesperson said today.

Armed group attacks army in Ivory Coast (16.08.2012)

The gunfight followed a recent series of assaults in and around Abidjan, that have seen a sharp rise in tension more than a year after the post-electoral crisis of December 2010 to April 2011 claimed 3,000 lives.

Abidjan army attack kills seven (06.08.2012)

This follows the shooting of five soldiers on Sunday in an attack on a police station and an army checkpoint in Yopougon to the east of the city.

Security Council grants one-year extension for UN peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire (26.07.2012)

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire and the French forces that support it until 31 July 2013.

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