UN says aid for Côte d'Ivoire could stave off renewed regional instability

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.

UN expert calls for improvements in Côte d'Ivoire's journalistic professionalism

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.

UN expert on racism to examine ethnic aspects of conflict in Côte d'Ivoire

A United Nations expert on racism today began a 12-day visit to Côte d'Ivoire to examine the role of ethnicity in the context of the country's conflict.

Security Council extends UN mission in Côte d'Ivoire and considers its expansion

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.

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.