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Swedish diplomat appointed top UN envoy for Côte d'Ivoire

A former Swedish ambassador has been nominated to be United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special representative for Côte d'Ivoire, leading peacekeeping efforts in the West African country, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said today.

Four injured as UN helicopter crashes in Côte d'Ivoire

Four members of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire were injured yesterday when the helicopter they were riding in crashed.

Insecurity rising in certain urban centres of Côte d'Ivoire, UN mission says

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire today expressed anxiety about rising insecurity and criminal behaviour in certain towns, especially Abidjan, the largest city in the West African country, and called on the authorities to disarm and disperse armed groups.

UN refugee agency chief wraps up tour of West Africa

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers wrapped up his tour of the West Africa region with a visit over the weekend to Côte d’Ivoire, which, until conflict broke out in 2002, had had a tradition of generosity towards asylum seekers.

UN officials discuss security with rebels in Côte d'Ivoire

Two senior officials in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire held talks today with the rebel Forces Nouvelles on restoring its participation in the transitional coalition government and on security issues.

Security Council calls for lists of all Côte d'Ivoire Government and opposition armaments

In a move to strengthen international sanctions against Côte d'Ivoire and help with the country's disarmament programme, the United Nations Security Council today asked the Government and the armed opposition each to submit a detailed list of their weapons holdings and asked the French Government to pass along any information its forces gather in the West African country.