UN mission decries human rights violations by Ivorian Government and rebel forces

Serious human rights violations have been taking place in areas under Government and rebel control in Côte d'Ivoire, but both sides have become amenable to cooperating in restoring normalcy on rights, the United Nations mission in the West African country said today.

Côte d'Ivoire rebels preparing for long-term crisis, UN envoy tells Security Council

With the rebels in northern Côte d'Ivoire having given five newly designated areas to new warlords and announced training facilities and a bank, they are preparing for a long-term crisis, if not planning immediately to secede, the chief of the United Nations mission in the West African nation told the Security Council today.

Annan appeals for maximum restraint in Côte d'Ivoire as political tensions increase

With progress in the Côte d'Ivoire peace process being limited and deadlines for the implementation of provisions falling behind schedule, the security situation is precarious and mobilization of militia-type groups is increasing across the West African country, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report to the Security Council.

Côte d'Ivoire government blocks fuel tankers from northern town, UN mission says

The town of Bouna in northeastern Côte d'Ivoire lacks electricity and pumped water because Government forces have blocked the main road to the town for the past two weeks, the United Nations mission in the West African nation said today.

UN mission in Cote d’Ivoire calls for probe into deaths of 13 people from torture

The United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire has called for an inquiry into the deaths of 13 people from torture and ill treatment during their detention by forest guards of Marahoué National Park at a prison in Bouaflé, north of the capital Yamoussoukro.

Security Council warns parties in Côte d'Ivoire against using force to resolve problems

Security Council members today called on the parties in Côte d'Ivoire to respect their obligations under the country's peace agreement, strongly warning them against resorting to force to resolve their problems.

Fréchette heading to Kosovo to continue emphasis against sex abuse by UN peacekeepers

Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette will head to Kosovo later this week to continue her tour of United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world to emphasize the world body's zero-tolerance policy against sexual exploitation and abuse.

UN peacekeepers increase patrols in tense areas of Côte d'Ivoire; Fréchette arrives

United Nations peacekeepers have increased their patrols in areas of Côte d'Ivoire where clashes still occur and tension still reigns, a UN spokesman said today.

Militia members handed over to Côte d'Ivoire authorities by UN mission

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire today handed over to local authorities the nearly 90 militia members it detained after a clash between the militia and rebel forces in the west of the country.

Annan reminds turbulent Côte d'Ivoire to cooperate with African Union's mediation

Expressing concern at the attack by "armed youth" against rebel Forces Nouvelles positions across the peacekeepers' Zone of Confidence last Friday and other serious incidents, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the belligerents to rein in their militias.