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Secretary-General welcomes renewed commitment to Côte d'Ivoire peace process

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today congratulated South African President Thabo Mbeki for negotiating with Côte d'Ivoire's major parties a renewed commitment to their latest peace accord, named the Pretoria Agreement, and called on the Ivorians to move quickly on implementation.

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire and boosted its troop strength by less than half of what the head of mission requested. It also authorized Secretary-General Kofi Annan to initiate plans to redeploy troops, if necessary, from UN missions in nearby Liberia and Sierra Leone to help quell the simmering tensions in the divided country.

Côte d’Ivoire: Security Council plans to expand mission

The Security Council is set to vote tomorrow on a resolution to expand the 6,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire by some 850 troops – less than half of the 2,000 personnel the United Nations says it needs to prevent the situation in the country from deteriorating.

UN envoy urges Ivorian rebels to take chances so as to restore peace

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has urged the major rebel group, which has expressed scepticism about several political developments, to “take risks for the return of peace.”

Côte d'Ivoire: UN mission begins joint patrols in west, near cite of massacres

With the situation in western Côte d'Ivoire remaining volatile, the United Nations peacekeeping mission today began joint patrols with local forces in and around the major cocoa marketing town of Duékoué, where brutal attacks by unidentified armed elements have left scores dead and wounded.

UN peacekeeping chiefs condemn killings in western Côte d'Ivoire

Senior United Nations peacekeeping officials today condemned the wave of killings and other abuses against civilians near a major cocoa marketing town in western Côte d'Ivoire and visited the area to assess how to tighten security and restore calm, a UN spokesman said.

Security Council condemns massacres of civilians in western Côte d'Ivoire

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the recent massacres of civilians in the western Côte d'Ivoire town of Duékoué, and urged Ivorian authorities to conduct an inquiry into the killings immediately so the perpetrators can be brought to justice and condemned.

Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire

The Security Council today extended for three weeks the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire and the French troops supporting it, “with a view to renewing it for seven months” and raising the possibility that it might expand the UN operation in the West African country.

Côte d’Ivoire: Annan condemns deadly attack on western town

As the United Nations peacekeeping mission reported that seven more people were killed in the western Côte d’Ivoire town of Douékoué, bringing the death tally in the troubled area to 57, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned the action by “armed elements.”

Côte d’Ivoire: More than 40 villagers killed in machete attacks, says UN mission

Residents of a village in western Côte d’Ivoire fled the area after unidentified attackers, armed with machetes, killed or wounded more than 100 people overnight, dealing a blow to the reconciliation attempts of the past month, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country said today.