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Annan welcomes decision by Côte d’Ivoire President on eligibility for elections

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the decision by President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d’Ivoire to accept a South African-negotiated plan that the candidates of all parties that signed a 2003 peace agreement ending fierce fighting would be eligible for the presidential elections at the end of October.

Security Council hears call for expanded UN peacekeeping mandate in Côte d'Ivoire

To meet the requests of Ivorian leaders for greater United Nations assistance in resolving post-conflict issues, the Security Council would need to expand the peacekeeping mission's mandate to include supervising elections, policing rebel-held areas and funding the rehabilitation of former combatants, a South African official said today.

Withdrawal of heavy weapons begins in Côte d'Ivoire, UN mission says

Côte d'Ivoire Government troops and the fighters from the West African country's major rebel force started their four-day withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the frontline today and it has been proceeding without a major hitch, the United Nations peacekeeping mission said.

Côte d'Ivoire Government and rebels to withdraw frontline weapons tomorrow – UN

Government and rebel forces in Côte d'Ivoire will start withdrawing heavy weaponry from the frontline beginning Thursday, the United Nations mission in the West African country announced today, a move it welcomed as a strong signal that the sides are following earlier agreements seeking to end a three-year conflict.

UN taking part in talks between Government, opposition forces in Côte d'Ivoire

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire is taking part in talks, scheduled to start today in the country's east, on withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline between Government forces and opposition troops in the West African nation.

New UN envoy meets with Côte d'Ivoire president

The newly arrived top United Nations envoy for Côte d'Ivoire met with President Laurent Gbagbo today, discussing the West African country's peace process, particularly last week's talks between the Ivorian parties in South Africa.

New UN envoy arrives in Côte d’Ivoire to head peacekeeping mission

The new United Nations envoy in charge of the peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire, Pierre Schori, arrived today in the major city, Abidjan, and expressed his happiness at finding himself in a position to reinforce the mission’s contribution to the West African country’s peace process.

UN agency hopes new Ivorian peace pact will allow 15,000 refugees to go home

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the latest peace pact between armed opponents in Côte d’Ivoire, which it said could allow the repatriation of 15,000 Ivorian refugees from Guinea and Liberia.

Humanitarian appeal for Côte d’Ivoire brings in ‘just over 0 per cent,’ UN says

An international appeal for humanitarian assistance of over $39 million for Côte d’Ivoire has brought in “just over 0 per cent,” while a general appeal for all emergencies, except the Indian Ocean tsunami, has garnered less than 10 per cent of what was hoped for, the United Nations said today.

Secretary-General welcomes decision of Ivorian parties to end hostilities and disarm

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the agreement reached by Côte d'Ivoire's political leadership, meeting in South Africa, to stop fighting and start disarmament.