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Côte d’Ivoire: UN election official says preparations for poll delayed

With divided Côte d’Ivoire facing an election deadline of next October, the United Nations High Representative for the poll said today that the Ivorian electoral commission could not begin its work by tomorrow, as scheduled, because of a dispute over its makeup.

Humanitarian workers must be protected in Côte d’Ivoire, says UN relief coordinator

Underlining the principles and laws governing humanitarian work after the burning and looting of United Nations and partner offices in Côte d’Ivoire, Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said today the Government has pledged to prevent further attacks.

Top UN relief official to visit Côte d’Ivoire following January disturbances

Following the burning and looting of humanitarian offices in western Côte d’Ivoire, the top United Nations relief official will visit the country to stress the need for all parties there to respect humanitarian laws, principles and workers, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Annan asks Côte d’Ivoire authorities to reimburse UN for riot damage

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent the Government of President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d’Ivoire a bill for damage to UN offices during political unrest in the West African country last month after a UN-authorized group recommended the effective disbanding of the National Assembly, whose mandate had expired.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN resumes food distribution in town recovering from violence

United Nations agencies and their non-governmental organization (NGO) partners have resumed food distribution in the western Ivorian city of Guiglo, where demonstrations turned violent last month, officials with the world body said today.

Security Council imposes sanctions on three Ivorians

The United Nations Security Council today imposed 12-month sanctions and travel bans against three alleged leaders of attacks on UN personnel and property in Côte d’Ivoire deemed to constitute a threat to the peace and national reconciliation in the divided West African country.

Concerned at violence in Côte d'Ivoire, Annan urges boosting UN force there

Reacting to ongoing threats against United Nations personnel in volatile Côte d'Ivoire, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the Security Council to strengthen the UN peacekeeping operation (UNOCI) in the West African country.

Annan requests redeployment of some UN peacekeepers from Liberia to Côte d’Ivoire

With the United Nations presence coming under threat in Côte d’Ivoire, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked the Security Council to approve the redeployment of troops there from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

Annan reminds authorities in Côte d’Ivoire to protect threatened UN personnel

Expressing concern about reported threats against United Nations staff in Côte d’Ivoire, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reminded the West African country’s authorities that they bear personal responsibility for preventing violence.

Côte d'Ivoire: Concerned about presidential decree, Annan urges parties to cooperate

Reacting to the sudden announcement of a new presidential decree concerning Côte d'Ivoire's National Assembly, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the parties there to cooperate in the interests of peace.