The United Nations Security Council today authorized a full one-year peacekeeping operation for Cote d'Ivoire and mandated nearly 7,000 UN personnel to monitor the comprehensive ceasefire agreement the West African country's warring parties reached last May.
Deploying a multifaceted United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d'Ivoire for six months would cost about $303 million, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Security Council in a letter made public today.
Despite some political jockeying between government factions in Côte d’Ivoire, the coalition government is carrying out its duties and the fragile peace process is gathering momentum, a United Nations relief official said today.
Failure to increase international assistance to post-conflict Côte d'Ivoire for the disarmament of its militias could lead to the destabilization of precarious neighbouring countries, the United Nations aid coordinating office said today.
Côte d'Ivoire should require professional conduct by journalists while working to replace printing equipment as well as radio and television stations destroyed during the country's civil conflict, a United Nations expert on freedom of expression said today.
The Security Council today unanimously agreed to a short extension of the United Nations Mission in Côte d'Ivoire (MINUCI) while suggesting that it might later be expanded into a full-fledged peacekeeping operation.