UN expert on freedom of expression to visit Côte d’Ivoire

A United Nations human rights expert, concerned about the role of the media in the sporadic conflicts in Côte d’Ivoire, will visit the West African country next week at the Government’s invitation.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN official calls for measures to end deadly inter-communal violence

With inter-communal clashes in western Côte d'Ivoire claiming nearly three dozen lives and forcing hundreds to flee their homes recently, a senior United Nations relief official today appealed to the parties to stop the violence directed against civilians.

If peace prevails, Annan may recommend expanding UN mission in Côte d'Ivoire

Secretary-General Kofi Annan may recommend that the Security Council send a full peacekeeping force to Côte d'Ivoire, but only if the parties carry out their existing peace agreement, maintain a unitary government and disband disruptive militant groups, according to a document published today.

Côte d'Ivoire: Annan hails return of opposition group to Government

Voicing hope that the peace process in Côte d'Ivoire will gain new momentum, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the return of the opposition Forces Nouvelles to a meeting of the Government of National Reconciliation for the first time since it suspended its participation in September.