Annan condemns armed attacks in Côte d'Ivoire

Annan condemns armed attacks in Côte d'Ivoire

Kofi Annan
Troubled by the flare-up of violence in Côte d'Ivoire, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged a halt to the clashes while pledging the world body's support for peace initiatives in the country.

Mr. Annan is "deeply concerned by reports of armed attacks by elements of the armed forces of Côte d'Ivoire in various parts of the country" and "particularly saddened by the loss of life that has ensued," according to a statement released by his spokesman late Thursday evening.

The statement "unequivocally condemns" any attempt to settle disputes through violence and calls on those concerned to "immediately and unconditionally" stop the attacks and submit to the constitutional order. The Secretary-General also calls on all parties to refrain from any action that could exacerbate the situation.

Mr. Anna voices deep regret that the violence has intensified at a time when Côte d'Ivoire was moving towards "enhancing national reconciliation and broad-based political dialogue in an evolving democratic framework."

"The Secretary-General reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to continue to work closely with the Government and people of Côte d'Ivoire as they endeavour to restore peace, stability and progress in the country," the statement said.