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Dialogue needed in Côte d’Ivoire to smooth path to peace, UN envoy says

Accelerated progress toward elections in Côte d’Ivoire that was sparked by the summit of regional leaders convened by Secretary-General Kofi Annan earlier this month has also brought to the fore tensions that ignited recent violence, which need to be eased through dialogue, a UN envoy said today.

Security Council condemns recent burst of violence in Côte d’Ivoire

Decrying the weekend’s deadly outbreak of violence in Côte d’Ivoire, the Security Council today called on all Ivorian parties to play their part to implement commitments made at a meeting convened by Secretary-General Kofi Annan earlier this month.

Condemning violence in Côte d’Ivoire, Annan blames incitement by party leaders

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has strongly condemned attacks by a youth group in Côte d’Ivoire at the weekend, saying they were incited by recent “inflammatory statements” made by the leadership of the Front Populaire Ivoirien party with the aim of disrupting the identification process leading to national elections in the divided country.

Côte d’Ivoire: Annan says parties must consolidate peace gains ahead of polls

All parties in Côte d’Ivoire, which has been divided between a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south since 2002, must work to advance the peace process as the country moves to elections scheduled for October, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report to the Security Council.

Security Council ‘fully prepared’ to use sanctions on those blocking peace in Côte d’Ivoire

Endorsing commitments made by regional leaders to advance the peace process in Côte d’Ivoire earlier this month, the United Nations Security Council today said it was “fully prepared” to impose sanctions against those who block that effort.

In Côte d’Ivoire, Annan gathers leaders to discuss plan for progress

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today held a “mini-summit” in Côte d’Ivoire, meeting with regional leaders in a bid to push forward a plan for advancing the peace process in the country, which has been divided between a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south since 2002.