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Tensions ease in latest Côte d’Ivoire violence, some refugees return – UN

The situation in Côte d’Ivoire was reported calm and small numbers of Ivorian refugees have been returning home from neighbouring Liberia as tensions eased in the West African country following an upsurge in fighting between the rebels and the Government earlier this month, the United Nations mission said today.

UN feeding agency suspends flights in western Côte d’Ivoire after shooting

The United Nations emergency feeding agency has suspended flights to a western region of Côte d’Ivoire until further notice after one of its planes was met with shots fired into the air and threats and slogans shouted at the crew by the rebel Forces Nouvelles, the UN mission in the war-wracked country reported today.

UN humanitarian staff begin returning to Côte d'Ivoire following recent violence

United Nations humanitarian staff are returning to Côte d'Ivoire after being withdrawn earlier this month when a Government attack on rebels in the north in violation of a ceasefire accord led to a resurgence of violence and anti-French rioting and ethnic clashes in the West African country.

Human rights abuses continue to be reported in Côte d'Ivoire - UN mission

Human rights abuses in Côte d'Ivoire are giving rise to concern, with cases of arbitrary arrests, incommunicado detention and forced disappearances continuing to be reported nationwide after the resurgence of violence in the West African country earlier this month, the United Nations mission said today.

UN says situation in Côte d'Ivoire remains unpredictable, refugee supplies run short

The situation in Côte d'Ivoire is calm but remains unpredictable almost three weeks after renewed violence erupted when Government forces violated a nearly two-year-old ceasefire agreement with an attack on rebels in the north, the United Nation mission in the West African country reported today.

UN reports alleged human rights abuses by both sides in Côte d'Ivoire conflict

Summary executions, torture, rape, disappearances, arbitrary arrests and destruction of property continue to be reported throughout Côte d'Ivoire both in government- and rebel-controlled zones and in the United Nations-patrolled Zone of Confidence (ZOC) separating the combatants, the UN mission there said today.

UN envoy visits rebel-held north in Côte d'Ivoire for first time since recent violence

The top United Nations envoy and the commander of UN forces in Côte d'Ivoire today visited Bouaké, the main town in the rebel-held north, for the first time since fresh fighting erupted two week ago when Government forces violated a nearly two-year-old ceasefire agreement.

Despite relative calm UN-patrolled separation zone in Côte d’Ivoire reported tense

Although the overall situation in Côte D’Ivoire was reported to be relatively calm today, two weeks after fresh fighting in the West African country, the United Nations-patrolled Zone of Confidence (ZOC) separating government and rebel forces remained very tense, with the civilian population there very vulnerable to attacks.

UN reports improvement in Côte d'Ivoire conflict with hate messages ending

Despite a high degree of uncertainty in the resurgent conflict in Côte d'Ivoire, life seems to be returning to normal in Abidjan and other major cities and hate broadcasts that raised the spectre of further ethnic violence have given way to calls for restraint and a return to work, the United Nations mission there reported today.

Special UN adviser on genocide warns of ethnic hate messages in Côte d'Ivoire

Voicing distress over reports of xenophobic hate speech in Côte d'Ivoire and ensuing action by armed groups, the United Nations adviser on the prevention of genocide called today for an end to impunity and warned that the situation could be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).