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UN official says Côte d’Ivoire nationals must take ownership of peace process

The peace process in the Côte d’Ivoire has moved from globalization, with United Nations involvement, to Africanization, with African Union (AU) mediation, and now Ivorians must take responsibility for nationalizing the next steps, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the West African country said today.

Côte d'Ivoire: western militias reportedly ready to disarm

The United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) reported today that four militia groups in the western part of the war-divided country have agreed to join in a ceremony marking their intention to disarm and demobilize.

Annan questions abilities of those leaders who foment discord in Côte d’Ivoire

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has challenged the political leadership across the board in the Côte d’Ivoire to stop the destabilization of the West African country.

UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire condemns declarations calling for a coup

The United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire today denounced declarations calling for a coup in the West African country as exacerbating existing social and political tensions and impeding efforts to restore peace and stability to the divided country.

In Côte d’Ivoire, UN representative for elections is pleased with first mission

Despite many difficulties, the current momentum in Côte d’Ivoire is positive as it gears up for October elections, the United Nations High Representative for the elections, Antonio Monteiro, said as he wrapped up his first visit to the West African country emerging from conflict.

Security Council calls for Côte d’Ivoire election campaign to be held in peace

The Security Council today called on Côte d’Ivoire’s authorities to ensure that the United Nations peacekeeping forces can move about freely and that the upcoming electoral campaigns in the West African country can be held on time in October and in a peaceful atmosphere.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN mission chief calls for advances in peace process

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire, back from a meeting in South Africa with the African Union (AU) mediator on the West African country’s political problems, today said there was no objective reason why the peace process should not go forward.

UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire welcomes disarmament plan from western militias

The United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire has welcomed the commitment of the armed groups in the western region of the West African country to start disarming next Wednesday.

UN envoys for Côte d’Ivoire peace to meet African Union mediators

The United Nations envoys assisting with peacemaking in Côte d’Ivoire left today for South Africa to undertake further talks with President Thabo Mbeki, the African Union’s mediator for the Ivorian conflict, after discussing the situation in the divided country with the rebel Forces Nouvelles.

Annan regrets that peacekeepers are being blocked in Côte d'Ivoire

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed regret that the movements of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire were being impeded and he called on Ivorians to "refrain from any action that may undermine the peace process."