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UN chief underlines warning against attacking peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized his warning against attacks on the United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d'Ivoire or attempts to obstruct their work, saying there will consequences for those responsible, as the UN human rights arm reported “massive violations.”

Armed men fire at UN peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire

Armed men in military uniform fired shots in the direction of a patrol vehicle of the United Nations peacekeeping troops in Côte d'Ivoire overnight, the mission said today, reiterating its call for calm in the West African country where a tense standoff over the outcome of the presidential election resulted in violence this week.

Côte d’Ivoire: Ban demands outgoing president step down after election defeat

The United Nations ramped up its efforts to resolve the violent post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire today, demanding that outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo step down in the face of opposition leader Alassane Ouattara’s clear victory and intensifying its contacts with African leaders.

UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire urges restraint amidst reports of growing violence

The UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today called for all parties to show restraint and to remain calm amidst reports of violent clashes, including the use of mortars and heavy weaponry, in the country’s capital city Abidjan.

Ban deeply concerned over continuing stalemate in Côte d’Ivoire

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned about the continuing political stalemate in Côte d’Ivoire, where the situation is taking a worrying turn with unfolding events that could lead to widespread violence.

Number of Ivorian refugees arriving in Liberia rises to 3,500 – UN agency

The number of refugees entering Liberia from Côte d’Ivoire, which has been thrust into political uncertainty after the incumbent president refused to concede electoral defeat, has risen to about 3,500 with scores of people arriving every day in Liberian villages along the border, the United Nations refugees agency said today.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN sets up committee on possible sanctions in elections dispute

The United Nations moved today towards imposing sanctions on anybody obstructing the peace process in Côte d’Ivoire, where outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo refuses to step down despite international recognition of opposition leader Alassane Ouattara as the divided country’s new head.

Ivorian refugees arrive in Liberia and Guinea amid election dispute – UN

Some 2,000 people, mostly women and children, from Côte d'Ivoire have entered neighbouring Liberia and Guinea amid the political deadlock precipitated by the dispute over the results of the Ivorian presidential elections, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN envoy meets winner of presidential election

The United Nations envoy to Côte d’Ivoire today discussed the post-election situation in the West African country with President Alassane Ouattara, the first time the two have met since the world body certified that he won last month’s presidential run-off poll.

Security Council endorses opposition leader’s victory in Ivorian polls

The Security Council today endorsed opposition leader Alassane Ouattara’s victory in Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential elections despite outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo’s claim to have won, and warned of ‘targeted measures’ against anybody threatening the peace process in the divided country.