Attack helicopters arrive to reinforce UN peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire

United Nations peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire have received two attack helicopters, with a third on its way, to reinforce the world body’s mission as it confronts increasing violence sparked by former president Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to step down despite his defeat at the polls.

UN apologizes to Belarus for reporting it broke Côte d’Ivoire arms embargo

The United Nations publicly apologized to Belarus today for an inaccurate report from its mission in Côte d’Ivoire that Belarus had supplied attack helicopters to former President Laurent Gbagbo in violation of an arms embargo on the strife-torn West African country.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN raises concern over civilians trapped by fighting in Abidjan suburb

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern over the plight of civilians trapped in the Abobo district of Abidjan, the commercial capital of Côte d’Ivoire, where fighting has been raging for several days, and called for a halt to the fighting to allow non-combatants to leave.