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Côte d’Ivoire: UN steps up diplomacy in support of opposition presidential victor

The United Nations today intensified its diplomatic moves over Côte d’Ivoire, where outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo insists he won last month’s elections despite UN certification of his rival Alassane Ouattara as the clear victor.

UN chief confers with regional leaders on Ivorian political deadlock

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is consulting with a number of leaders on the situation in Côte d’Ivoire, where a dispute has erupted over the outcome of recent elections and both candidates have reportedly declared themselves president.

Secretary-General deeply concerned over political standoff in Côte d'Ivoire

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed deep concern over the continuing standoff in Côte d'Ivoire, despite the “transparent and credible” outcome of the presidential run-off polls announced by the country's electoral commission on Wednesday and certified by the United Nations envoy.

UN chief supports certification of Ivorian presidential poll, congratulates Ouattara

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his support for today’s certification by his envoy in Côte d’Ivoire of the result of last Sunday’s presidential run-off, and congratulated the winning candidate, Alassane Ouattara, while urging him to work towards lasting peace.

Security Council and Secretary-General welcome release of Ivorian poll results

The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement by Côte d’Ivoire’s electoral authorities of the provisional results of Sunday’s presidential run-off, while urging calm amid reported violence in the West African nation.

Côte d’Ivoire: Ban calls for prompt release of presidential poll results

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned all sides in Côte d’Ivoire not to interfere with the body overseeing last Sunday’s presidential election so that provisional results can be announced today as scheduled – a major step in efforts to reunite a country split in two by civil war.