Top UN officials in Côte d’Ivoire urge all sides to compromise, see some change in 2007

All political sides in divided and strife-torn Côte d’Ivoire must compromise to move the peace process forward, the two most senior United Nations officials to the West African country said today, but while painting a generally grim picture of the situation they held out some hope for change next year.

UN helps Côte d’Ivoire to assess impact of deadly toxic waste dumping on food chain

United Nations agencies and the Côte d’Ivoire Government are currently preparing a study on the possible effects on the food chain of the dumping of toxic chemical waste around the country’s largest city, Abidjan, which has killed 12 people and led 104,000 others to seek medical care.

UN report puts Côte d’Ivoire’s leaders on notice to make progress towards elections

The “manifest lack of political will” among main political leaders in Côte d’Ivoire is undermining United Nations efforts to restore stability and to organize elections in the country, which effectively split in half when armed rebellion erupted in 2002, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report issued today.

All Ivorian leaders must show restraint and pursue dialogue, urges Annan

Deploring inflammatory remarks and threats made by a political leader in Côte d’Ivoire against a grouping of neighbouring states working to bring stability to the divided country, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all Ivorian parties to show restraint and pursue dialogue. He warned that anyone who incites violence will be held accountable by the international community.