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Monitoring Group reports progress in follow-up to peace pledges in Côte d'Ivoire

Reinforcing its commitment to a 2003 peace pact that ended Côte d'Ivoire's fierce civil war, the Government has followed through on pledges made last month at a summit co-hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan by transferring sweeping powers from the President to the Prime Minister, a group set up to monitor progress says in a report released today.

UN team finds rebel-held areas of Côte d'Ivoire struggling for basic services

Most of the inhabitants of the rebel-controlled parts of Côte d'Ivoire lack basic health, sanitation, water and education services, a United Nations humanitarian team has reported after visiting the areas last week.

Monitoring Group finds progress in peace process in Côte d'Ivoire

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent a report to the Security Council showing that Côte d'Ivoire's Government has made progress in following the path to peace and unity, a United Nations spokesman said today.

UN mission launches nationwide radio broadcast in divided Côte d'Ivoire

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire launched its radio station today to broadcast various shades of opinion on an FM frequency it hopes will be heard all over the country as the divided West African country works towards re-unification.

Côte d'Ivoire reconciliation pact calls for monitoring group of UN and others

The latest deal binding leaders of Côte d'Ivoire's political parties to implement a 2003 peace agreement, which ended bitter fighting, calls for the establishment of a monitoring group that would submit a progress report every two weeks to the United Nations, the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU).

Côte d'Ivoire president signs power-sharing decree Annan helped to draft

President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire has signed a new power-sharing decree giving some of his responsibilities to Prime Minister Seydou Diarra, a United Nations spokesman said today.

Côte d'Ivoire transitional cabinet meets for first time in four months, UN says

Côte d'Ivoire's Council of Ministers met today for the first time since March, fulfilling the pledges that political party leaders made at a summit convened and co-chaired by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan late last month in Ghana.

Côte d'Ivoire: Security Council urges parties to make good on peace pledges

The Security Council today welcomed the recent agreement by Côte d'Ivoire's leaders to resume the country's stalled peace process, and called on them to observe deadlines for disarming militias and drawing up a selection process for presidential candidates.

Côte d'Ivoire: Annan hails plans for first Government meeting since March

Côte d'Ivoire's multi-party, post-conflict Government of National Reconciliation, which had hit an impasse over implementing its signed peace agreement, will soon meet to set in motion plans for political reform, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

UN mission in Côte d'Ivoire confirms existence of mass graves

A human rights team sent to investigate gross violations during clashes between rival groups of the main national opposition party in northern Côte d'Ivoire has found three mass graves containing at least 99 bodies, the peacekeeping United Nations Operation in the West African country (ONUCI) said today.