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Côte d’Ivoire: UN reinforces peacekeepers as officials warn of risks of genocide

The United Nations today reinforced its nearly 9,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire with extra peacekeepers and helicopters, as senior officials called for urgent action to prevent growing post-electoral violence from degenerating into genocide.

Côte d’Ivoire: Gbagbo loyalists shoot at UN patrol in mounting aggression

Forces loyal to the former president of Côte d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo – who refuses to step down despite his electoral defeat – have opened fire towards United Nations peacekeepers in a new “act of aggression,” according to the UN envoy on the ground there.

Côte d’Ivoire: Ban steps up efforts to ensure rightful new president takes office

Continuing his efforts to ensure that Côte d’Ivoire’s rightful new president assumes office despite his predecessor’s refusal to step down, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held further contacts with African regional and continental leaders over the weekend.

UN has 'concrete intelligence' of ex-Ivorian president's incitement to violence

The United Nations has “concrete intelligence” that the former Côte d'Ivoire president, who refuses to step down despite his election defeat, is inciting violence against its peacekeepers and his own countrymen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, again raising the prospect of a trial by the International Criminal Court.

Côte d’Ivoire: Ban warns of consequences for those attacking UN peacekeepers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned forces loyal to the outgoing Côte d’Ivoire president, who has refused to step down despite his election defeat, that they will be held accountable for their criminal attacks on United Nations peacekeepers in the country.

Côte d'Ivoire: Ban warns against further raids by pro-Gbagbo forces

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday voiced his deep concern about the developments unfolding in the Abobo suburb of Côte d'Ivoire's commercial capital, Abidjan, where clashes between security forces and supporters of President-elect Alassane Ouattara have reportedly left six people dead, and warned against any further raids by forces loyal to outgoing leader Laurent Gbagbo.

Number of Ivorian refugees in Liberia tops 25,000 – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency said today that there are now some 25,000 Ivorian refugees in neighbouring Liberia, with around 600 people arriving daily after fleeing the post-electoral crisis in their homeland.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN seeks to aid thousands displaced by post-election turmoil

More than 16,000 people in western Côte d’Ivoire, driven from their homes by violence after the outgoing president refused to step down despite his election defeat, need immediate medical aid, food, shelter and protection, the United Nations said today.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN agency seeks $20 million to assist those affected by crisis

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is seeking over $20 million to enable the agency to respond to the humanitarian needs of people in Côte d’Ivoire and five neighbouring countries over the next three months.

UN seeks to boost peacekeeping troops as Côte d’Ivoire crisis continues

The United Nations is seeking up to 2,000 additional troops for its nearly 9,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire where the outgoing president’s refusal to step down despite his opponent’s electoral victory has sparked fears of renewed civil war.