Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced his intention to appoint Bert Koenders of the Netherlands as his Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire and head of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the West African country.
The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire for another year to assist the country tackle the many challenges it faces following the recent post-election crisis.
Côte d’Ivoire faces multiple challenges after emerging from its recent post-electoral crisis, but none more critical than restoring law and order throughout the West African nation, the top United Nations envoy there said today.
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire will on Friday start collecting small arms handed in voluntarily by militiamen in the Yopougon suburb of the West African country’s commercial capital, Abidjan, it was announced today.
The senior United Nations official in Côte d'Ivoire met today with the country's former president Laurent Gbagbo, who has been held under house arrest since April, stressing that the UN would play its part to ensure he receives appropriate protection.
The United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire is to establish eight new military camps in the country’s west, where security concerns remain following the bloody post-election crisis that ended in mid-April.