Security Council adds 1,500 additional personnel to UN operation in Côte d’Ivoire

2 June 2006

Responding to a request by Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a stronger United Nations presence in Côte d’Ivoire, the Security Council today added 1,500 more uniformed personnel to the world body’s peacekeeping operation in the divided West African country.

Responding to a request by Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a stronger United Nations presence in Côte d’Ivoire, the Security Council today added 1,500 more uniformed personnel to the world body’s peacekeeping operation in the divided West African country.

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council authorized until mid-December an increase in the strength of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) of up a maximum of 1,025 military personnel and 475 civilian police personnel. These will be added to the 6,703 troops, 191 military observers and 707 police already there.

This fell short of a request Mr. Annan made earlier this year for additional 3,400 soldiers or four battalions to be added to UNOCI’s troop strength, plus an additional 475 police personnel.

Mr. Annan had said the increases were needed to assist with the tasks of the broader peace process, which include disarming and demobilizing combatants. He also cited the volatile security situation and the possibility that another major violent crisis might occur. At the time, the authorized strength was 6,240 military personnel, including 200 military observers as well as 350 police officers.

The Council established the mission in May 2003 to assist the Ivorian parties to implement the peace agreement they signed in January 2003, ending their north-south civil war.

 

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