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Any attack on new Côte d’Ivoire leader will be repulsed, top UN envoy warns

The United Nations today warned Côte d’Ivoire’s outgoing president that it would “repulse and defeat” any attack by his partisans on the headquarters of his internationally recognized successor, and that he himself would be held personally accountable for human rights abuses.

Côte d’Ivoire: senior UN officials concerned over incitement to hatred, violence

Two United Nations civilian protection officials today expressed concern over the situation in Côte d’Ivoire, where they said some leaders are instigating violence and hatred between communities and warned that those responsible will be held accountable under international law.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN will robustly fulfil mandate to protect civilians – top official

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire will “robustly” fulfil its mandate, breaking through roadblocks if needed, to protect civilians and the “legitimate Government” after the outgoing president’s refusal to step down in the face of his rival’s internationally recognised electoral victory, a top UN official warned today.

UN soldier injured as crowd attacks peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire

A large crowd today attacked a three-vehicle convoy of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire in the commercial capital of Abidjan, slashing one soldier with a machete and setting one of the vehicles on fire.

UN peacekeeping chief arrives in Côte d’Ivoire, confers with president-elect

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations arrived in Côte d’Ivoire today and met president-elect Alassane Ouattara, while stressing his department’s support for the UN mission in the West Africa country, which has plunged into political uncertainty following the outgoing leader’s refusal to stand down after losing the election.

Humanitarian needs growing as more Ivorians flee into Liberia, warns UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency said it has registered 14,000 Ivorians who fled their country for Liberia amid the post-electoral crisis, and warned that humanitarian needs are growing both for the mostly women and children refugees and for the villagers hosting them.

UN hopes for peaceful solution to Ivorian crisis, stresses peacekeeping chief

United Nations peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy has called on Laurent Gbagbo to keep his pledge not to resort to violence as the stand-off with his rival, Alassane Ouattara, who has been recognized by the international community as the winner of Côte d'Ivoire's presidential election, continues.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN Human Rights Council strongly condemns post-electoral abuses

The United Nations Human Rights Council today strongly condemned the human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire, and demanded the protection of civilians and the prosecution of those responsible for abuses in the wake of the recent presidential poll.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN officials demand end to provocation and rights violations

The United Nations peacekeeping chief today urged Côte d’Ivoire’s outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to concede defeat after the recent elections, and his supporters to refrain from acts of provocation against peacekeepers and to stop human rights violations.

Rejecting call to withdraw, Security Council extends UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire

Rebuffing a demand by Côte d'Ivoire’s president that the United Nations mission leave after it certified his electoral defeat, the Security Council today renewed the nearly 9,000-strong force for another six months, foreshadowed a possible increase and threatened sanctions against those imperilling peace.