Côte d'Ivoire: UN envoy voices satisfaction with conduct of by-elections

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire today voiced his satisfaction with the conduct of the legislative by-elections in the country, saying the polls were carried out in an atmosphere of calm.

ICC expands scope of Ivorian war crimes investigation back to 2002

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced that it will expand the scope of its investigation into possible war crimes in Côte d’Ivoire, currently limited to the period after contested presidential elections in late 2010, to as far back as the start of the West African country’s civil war in 2002.

UN official partially certifies Ivorian parliamentary elections

The senior United Nations official in Côte d’Ivoire announced today the partial certification of legislative elections, saying the polls “constitute an important step in the entrenchment of democracy” in the West African country.

In Côte d’Ivoire, UN mission to decide on election certification next week

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said today that he hopes to decide next week on the partial certification of parliamentary elections held in the West African country near the end of last year.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN disarmament operation continues near Abidjan

A United Nations voluntary disarmament operation began today in a suburb north of the Ivorian city of Abidjan, aiming to collect illegal weapons still in circulation among the civilian population.

Côte d’Ivoire must ensure secure space for political participation – UN expert

A United Nations human rights expert urged Ivorian authorities today to ensure a secure and peaceful environment for political participation following the violent clashes between the supporters and opponents of President Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan last Saturday which led to the death of one person and the wounding of six others.

Côte d’Ivoire: Security improving but root causes of unrest remain – UN envoy

The security situation in Côte d’Ivoire is stabilizing nine months after the end of the violence that shook the country following presidential elections in late 2010, but the underlying causes of instability and unrest have not been fully addressed, the United Nations top official in the West African country told the Security Council today.

Côte d’Ivoire: Relief support key to reconstruction and development – UN official

A senior United Nations relief official stressed today that assisting the people of Côte d’Ivoire in overcoming their current humanitarian difficulties will lay the foundation for the country’s transition to reconstruction and development after last year’s bloody post-election violence.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN condemns violence during meeting of former ruling party

The United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) strongly condemned today the incidents that left many people injured during a meeting of the former ruling party, the Ivorian Popular Front, which took place in the city of Abidjan.

Côte d’Ivoire needs continued humanitarian support, stresses UN relief official

Côte d’Ivoire remains in great need of humanitarian assistance nine months after the end of the bloody post-election violence that displaced tens of thousands of people, a senior United Nations relief official said today, urging donors to continue their generosity to the West African country throughout this year.