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Côte d'Ivoire: Annan calls for calm as original date of elections nears

With the earlier date of the now postponed elections in Côte d'Ivoire falling on Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged Ivorians to refrain from creating tensions, but instead to work on quickly choosing a new prime minister and moving towards free and fair elections next year.

Côte d'Ivoire President says he accepts resolution on appointing new prime minister

With the Security Council having endorsed an African Union proposal for the appointment of a powerful new prime minister in Côte d'Ivoire by next Monday, the senior United Nations envoy to the country has said that President Laurent Gbagbo has agreed with the text.

UN Security Council demands compliance with Côte d'Ivoire peace accords

Expressing its serious concern over the deteriorating situation in Côte d'Ivoire and condemning serious recent attacks on United Nations peacekeeping personnel, the Security Council today called on all the parties in the divided West African country to implement immediately all the peace accords they have signed.

UN Security Council sanctions chair meets peace pact signatories in Côte d'Ivoire

With elections in Côte d'Ivoire being postponed for a year amid security concerns and human rights violations, the chairman of the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee is in the country's major commercial city of Abidjan today holding high-level meetings with signatories of the 2003 peace agreement and officials monitoring that accord.

Security Council extends expert group on arms embargo against Côte d’Ivoire

With the situation in Côte d’Ivoire continuing to pose a threat to international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of the three-person team monitoring the arms embargo against that country, which has been divided between government and rebel forces since fighting broke out in 2002.

UN sanctions chairman heads to Côte d'Ivoire

Amid postponed elections, continued insecurity and numerous allegations of human rights violations in Côte D'Ivoire, the United Nations sanctions chairman arrived today in the country where he is meeting with senior officials and representatives of unofficial groups.

Security Council agrees to delay Côte d'Ivoire elections until at latest October 2006

The United Nations Security Council today endorsed the African Union's (AU) decision that elections in Côte d'Ivoire be postponed until at latest next October and said it would rapidly take measures to support the UN peacekeeping mission in the country based on progress in implementing the peace agreements that ended a fierce civil war.

UN mission chief says security deteriorates in Côte d'Ivoire, AU proposes election delay

With the African Union (AU) asking for this month's elections in Côte d'Ivoire to be delayed for a year, the United Nations peacekeeping mission chief today said the way to sustainable peace and security in the divided country is being impeded by such major challenges as "gruesome" human rights violations, obstruction of the work of the UN force and intimidation of political opponents.

Amid political uncertainty in Côte d’Ivoire, UN food agency seeks $13.8 million for aid

With the prospect of national elections still undecided for end October and a continued impasse among political factions in Côte d’Ivoire, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is seeking $13.8 million in international assistance to extend its relief operations until the end of 2006 for victims of the turmoil.

UNICEF urges Côte d'Ivoire to hold annual countrywide school exams

Reacting to Côte d'Ivoire's indefinite postponement of school exams for children in the northern part of the country, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) today called on all Ivorian parties to guarantee education rights for youngsters.