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Côte d’Ivoire: UN mission chief calls for advances in peace process

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire, back from a meeting in South Africa with the African Union (AU) mediator on the West African country’s political problems, today said there was no objective reason why the peace process should not go forward.

UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire welcomes disarmament plan from western militias

The United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire has welcomed the commitment of the armed groups in the western region of the West African country to start disarming next Wednesday.

UN envoys for Côte d’Ivoire peace to meet African Union mediators

The United Nations envoys assisting with peacemaking in Côte d’Ivoire left today for South Africa to undertake further talks with President Thabo Mbeki, the African Union’s mediator for the Ivorian conflict, after discussing the situation in the divided country with the rebel Forces Nouvelles.

Annan regrets that peacekeepers are being blocked in Côte d'Ivoire

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed regret that the movements of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire were being impeded and he called on Ivorians to "refrain from any action that may undermine the peace process."

UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire deplores efforts to obstruct its work

The United Nations mission in Côte d'Ivoire says its human rights and civilian police teams have run into outright hostility from the military and the populace in Government-controlled areas and, despite complaints to the Government, obstructions to their movement "have become legion."

UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire deplores wounding of peacekeeper

The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) today condemned a recent incident in which an unidentified gunman stole a cell phone from a West African peacekeeper and then wounded him. It called on the national authorities to investigate.

Expert Panel calls on Security Council to clarify sanctions regime in Côte d’Ivoire

The expert panel recommending ways of improving the arms embargo on Côte d’Ivoire has called on the Security Council to more tightly define the ban on weapons flows in the divided country after encountering “widespread confusion” among neighbouring West African countries, civil society groups and United Nations officials themselves.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN finds no evidence of combat in reported town attacks

The commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d'Ivoire has found no evidence of significant combat operations between Ivorian security forces and alleged assailants in two towns that reportedly came under attack on Saturday, potentially jeopardizing nascent peace prospects in the strife-torn West African country.

UN forces in Côte d'Ivoire enter town after being blocked for 48 hours

United Nations peacekeeping forces in Côte d'Ivoire today entered the town of Agboville, 70 kilometres north of Abidjan, the strife-torn West African country's major city, after being blocked for 48 hours in their efforts to help restore calm following attacks by unidentified assailants.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN forces put on alert following attack on police post

With elections in Côte d'Ivoire barely three months away, the United Nations 6,500-strong force has been put on alert and is sending military units to help restore calm after an attack by unidentified assailants on a Gendarme brigade and police station in Anyama, north of Abidjan, the strife-torn West African country's major city.