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Côte d’Ivoire: UN mission welcomes formation of new Government

The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) today welcomed the formation of a new Government in the divided West African country – a move which followed in-depth consultations between the parties.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN condemns desecration of grave of opposition leader’s mother

Issuing a plea for calm in strife torn Côte d’Ivoire today, the United Nations Operation in that country (UNOCI) condemned “in the strongest terms” the desecration of the tomb of the mother of a major opposition leader.

UN Security Council renews sanctions on Côte d’Ivoire, bars diamond exports

With the Côte d’Ivoire still split in half between the Government and rebel forces, the United Nations Security Council today renewed for another year the arms embargo and the travel and financial restrictions applied to those deemed to threaten peace there, while also deciding to ban imports of rough diamonds from the country.

UN Security Council welcomes appointment new Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the appointment of banker Charles Konan Banny as Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire and called for the establishment of the Government without delay so that he can quickly carry out plans for elections.

UN special adviser calls for end to harmful impunity in Côte d'Ivoire

The Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General for the Prevention of Genocide has called on the authorities in to Côte d'Ivoire to break the cycle of impunity for human rights abuses so as to eliminate mistrust and hatred between communities in the divided West African country.

Annan welcomes appointment of new prime minister of Côte d'Ivoire

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the appointment of Charles Konan Banny as the new Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire, a key step in the political transition aimed at ending years of unrest in the divided country.

Security Council urges Côte d'Ivoire leadership to appoint interim prime minister

The Security Council today expressed deep concern "at the persistent disagreements among Ivorian parties" over the appointment of an interim prime minister to lead the divided West African country into the next phase of its political transition after years of political unrest and a failed 2001 coup.

Ongoing military, political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire hits children hard, says UN

The breakdown of family and social structures and the pervading military influence in war-torn Côte d'Ivoire has resulted in children being denied access to education and health care and left them vulnerable to violence, abuse and recruitment by armed groups, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Côte d'Ivoire: UN expert group calls for measures to help track arms flows

The defence expenditure of Côte d'Ivoire is high, the revenue details of cocoa, its main export, lack transparency, and illicit diamond exports could buy banned weapons, according to the latest report on the United Nations arms embargo against the West African country, split in half by fighting between Government and rebel forces.

Côte d'Ivoire: Annan urges parties to cooperate as peace process moves forward

United Nations Secretary-General today pledged his personal support for the peace process in Côte d'Ivoire and urged the parties to refrain from any actions that would jeopardize stability as a new head of government is appointed in the troubled West African country.