Côte d’Ivoire: UN mission condemns attack against one of its buses

6 May 2006

The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) has strongly condemned an attack carried out against one of its buses and its civilian occupants in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan.

The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) has strongly condemned an attack carried out against one of its buses and its civilian occupants in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan.

In a statement released today on the 28 April incident, UNOCI also condemned “the threats against its personnel and the obstruction of their freedom of movement.”

The mission “urgently calls on Ivorian authorities to do everything possible to prevent and punish such acts, which are in contravention of Ivorian laws and international commitments of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.”

The acts and threats “follow inflammatory declarations by political leaders against various aspects of the implementation of the roadmap,” the statement said.

The Security Council established UNOCI in 2004 to assist the Ivorian parties in implementing a peace agreement they signed in January of that year, ending their north-south civil war. It currently guards the so-called Zone of Confidence separating the Government-ruled south and rebel-held north.

 

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