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Countries ready to reinforce UN peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire amid tense impasse

Several countries are ready to provide reinforcements for the 9,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire, where the former president’s refusal to step down despite his electoral defeat has led to violence and the displacement of tens of thousands of people, a top UN official said today.

UN mission identifies thousands of displaced people in western Côte d’Ivoire

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today reported that 18,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been identified in the western areas of the country, adding that the number could rise when their registration, currently under way, is completed.

Measles campaign planned for Liberian villages hosting Ivorian refugees – UN

The Government of Liberia, with support from United Nations agencies, will launch a week-long measles vaccination campaign on Wednesday targeting all children in Nimba County, which hosts over 30,000 refugees who fled the political turmoil in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire.

Refugees from Côte d’Ivoire crisis could top 100,000 by April, UN warns

As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kept up his diplomatic push for a speedy solution to the post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, United Nations agencies called for urgent funding today, warning that refugees fleeing to neighbouring Liberia could top 100,000 by the end of April.

Ban reiterates concern over Côte d’Ivoire crisis at meeting with West African officials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in Addis Ababa met with a delegation of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) and underlined his deep concern over the continuing post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire and the deadlock’s impact on security and development prospects for the country.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN and African blocs must remain united to ensure respect of poll results – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined the principles he said should guide efforts to resolve the political crisis in Côte d''Ivoire, including the demand that outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo step down to allow the formation of a national unity government by president-elect, Alassane Ouattara.

Côte d’Ivoire: Ban again calls on Gbagbo to step down to avoid further turmoil

On the eve of co-chairing an African meeting on the post-electoral turmoil in Côte d’Ivoire, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today again called on ex-president Laurent Gbagbo to step down in the face of his United Nations-certified defeat by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara.

UN envoy urges protection from sexual violence amid Côte d'Ivoire crisis

The United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has called on authorities in Côte d'Ivoire to swiftly investigate reported rapes that have occurred during the post-election crisis and to ensure better protection for women and girls in the West African nation.

Senior UN official concerned at alleged violence against children in Côte d’Ivoire

A senior United Nations official today voiced concern over continuing allegations of violence in Côte d’Ivoire, including the killing, maiming and abduction of children, since the post-election crisis erupted.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN rejects Gbagbo’s call to search its vehicles as violation of accord

The United Nations today rebuffed efforts by forces loyal to Côte d’Ivoire’s former president, who refuses to step down despite his electoral defeat, to stop and search UN vehicles.