Côte d’Ivoire: UN envoy sees signs of ‘beginning of end’ to violent crisis

The top United Nations official in Côte d’Ivoire has said he sees “promising signs” pointing to “the beginning of the end” of the crisis stemming from former president Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to leave office despite his UN-certified defeat by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN scaling up aid delivery as post-election unrest worsens

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it will scale up efforts to provide food aid to the increasing number of people fleeing from escalating post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire, amid concerns that the international community has not given adequate attention to the humanitarian crisis sparked by the fighting.

Human rights in Côte d’Ivoire deteriorating, warns top UN official

A top United Nations official warned today that human rights violations, including rapes, abductions and killings, are escalating amid the ongoing post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, with at least 27 people killed in just the past week. 

Côte d’Ivoire: UN urges rival groups to facilitate aid delivery, protect civilians

The United Nation refugee agency today appealed to rival groups in Côte d’Ivoire to support efforts to deliver urgently needed humanitarian aid to those affected by the post-election turmoil and avoid putting civilians at risk.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN warns insecurity preventing access to those in need of help

The United Nations refugee agency today warned that access for humanitarian organizations striving to continue to assist people affected the political unrest in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, and other parts of the country is shrinking rapidly amid worsening insecurity.

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.

Ban calls for compliance with arms embargo in Côte d’Ivoire

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for full compliance with the United Nations arms embargo placed on Côte d’Ivoire after reports that attack helicopters have been provided to forces loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN peacekeepers wounded in an ambush north of Abidjan

Three United Nations peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire have been wounded in an ambush in a suburb of the country's commercial capital, Abidjan, the UN mission said today, condemning acts of violence against its troops on Friday and Saturday, during which four of its vehicles were also damaged.