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Top UN officials in Côte d’Ivoire urge all sides to compromise, see some change in 2007

All political sides in divided and strife-torn Côte d’Ivoire must compromise to move the peace process forward, the two most senior United Nations officials to the West African country said today, but while painting a generally grim picture of the situation they held out some hope for change next year.

UN helps Côte d’Ivoire to assess impact of deadly toxic waste dumping on food chain

United Nations agencies and the Côte d’Ivoire Government are currently preparing a study on the possible effects on the food chain of the dumping of toxic chemical waste around the country’s largest city, Abidjan, which has killed 12 people and led 104,000 others to seek medical care.

UN report puts Côte d’Ivoire’s leaders on notice to make progress towards elections

The “manifest lack of political will” among main political leaders in Côte d’Ivoire is undermining United Nations efforts to restore stability and to organize elections in the country, which effectively split in half when armed rebellion erupted in 2002, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report issued today.

All Ivorian leaders must show restraint and pursue dialogue, urges Annan

Deploring inflammatory remarks and threats made by a political leader in Côte d’Ivoire against a grouping of neighbouring states working to bring stability to the divided country, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all Ivorian parties to show restraint and pursue dialogue. He warned that anyone who incites violence will be held accountable by the international community.

Deadly toxic waste dumping in Côte d’Ivoire clearly a crime – UN environmental agency

The dumping of toxic chemical waste in Côte d’Ivoire that has already killed eight people and led nearly 78,000 others to seek medical care is clearly a crime although who was responsible and the actual nature of the crime has yet to be determined, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) said today.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN health team helps out in toxic waste emergency

A United Nations health team has flown to Côte d’Ivoire to help the authorities deal with an environmental emergency in the West African country’s largest city following the dumping of toxic chemical waste that has already killed seven people and sent over 44,000 others in search of medical care.

UN meeting leads to stepped-up diplomatic efforts to end instability in Côte d’Ivoire

The Security Council is likely to meet next month to discuss the instability plaguing Côte d’Ivoire and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has agreed to hold a series of meetings on the issue before then amid mounting regional and international concern over the situation there.

Côte d’Ivoire: Annan concerned after president reportedly rejects peace process

With Côte d’Ivoire already reeling from a toxic waste disaster that has claimed at least half a dozen lives, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed concern that the country’s president’s reported decision to abandon the ongoing peace process could lead to further instability there.

Security Council extends expert group on arms embargo against Côte d’Ivoire

Determining that the situation in Côte d’Ivoire continues to pose a threat to international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the three-person team monitoring the arms embargo against the West African country.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN sends team to help coordinate response to deadly toxic waste crisis

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today dispatched a three-member team to Côte d’Ivoire to help the West African country’s Government respond to the contamination crisis following last month’s dumping of toxic waste around the city of Abidjan.