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Military impeding embargo inspections in Côte d’Ivoire, UN experts say

Côte d’Ivoire’s military is thwarting the surveillance of the arms embargo in the divided West African nation, a group of United Nations experts said in a new report made public today.

Ban Ki-moon concerned by ‘slackening of momentum’ in Ivorian peace process

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that the failure to achieve key benchmarks set out in a March peace agreement has led to a “slackening of momentum” which threatens the overall peace process and security conditions in Côte d’Ivoire.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN mission’s military chief meets Government, rebel leaders

The military head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) met this week with Government and former rebel army leaders to discuss aspects of the implementation of the Ouagadougou political accord between rival political groups in the divided West African nation.

Secretary-General sends team to Côte d’Ivoire regarding attack on Prime Minister

On the request of the President of Côte d’Ivoire for an independent international inquiry into the June attack against a plane carrying Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent an exploratory mission to the West African country.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN mission supports new identification scheme ahead of elections

The United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) is helping the authorities plan and execute a new identification scheme ahead of presidential elections called for under a pact signed earlier this year between the Government which controls the south of the West African country and Forces Nouvelles which has held the north since 2002.

Alarming upsurge in reported rape of girls in Côte d’Ivoire, UN reports

The most basic rights of children are violated in Côte d’Ivoire, the West African country split between the Government-controlled south and the Forces nouvelles-held north since 2002, and there is “an alarming degree of violence against children at the community level,” according to a new United Nations report.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN envoy takes part in talks on implementing political accord

The senior United Nations envoy in Côte d’Ivoire has taken part in a fresh round of talks on how to ensure the successful implementation of the political agreement reached earlier this year among the leaders of the divided West African country.

UN envoy on children and armed conflict begins visit to Côte d’Ivoire

The United Nations human rights envoy tasked with protecting the rights of children caught up in armed conflict is heading this week to Côte d’Ivoire to assess the situation in the divided West African country.

UN mobilizes provincial town to support peace accord in Côte d’Ivoire

Continuing its provincial forums in Côte d’Ivoire, the United Nations this weekend mobilized the inhabitants of Touba, the Bafing regional capital, to support the peace accord to reunite the West African country that has been split between the Government-controlled south and the Forces Nouvelles-held north since 2002.

UN welcomes start of disarmament process in Côte d’Ivoire

United Nations officials in Côte d’Ivoire welcomed a “flame of peace” ceremony held there today to officially launch the disarmament process by setting fire to weapons handed over by rebels.