Secretary-General to appoint High Representative for Elections in Côte d'Ivoire

The new United Nations High Representative for the Elections in war-scarred and ethnically divided Côte d'Ivoire will be former Portuguese Foreign Minister António Monteiro, a UN spokeswoman said today.

UN's top human rights official calls for end to abuses in western Côte d'Ivoire

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today called for an end to abuses fuelled by impunity in the western part of Côte d'Ivoire.

UN Security Council hears call for successful October elections in Côte d'Ivoire

With elections in Côte d'Ivoire scheduled for October, all the parties involved must undertake the difficult tasks that will ensure that the electoral process is successful and major national problems are solved, according to a report sent to the United Nations Security Council on the implementation of the West African country's peace accords.

Security Council demands Ivorian parties comply with new peace timetable

With the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and opposition leaders having reached an agreement on a timeline for implementing a stalled peace plan, the United Nations Security Council today demanded that all Ivorian parties and signatories “scrupulously comply” with all aspects of the new deal.

Secretary-General welcomes renewed commitment to Côte d'Ivoire peace process

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today congratulated South African President Thabo Mbeki for negotiating with Côte d'Ivoire's major parties a renewed commitment to their latest peace accord, named the Pretoria Agreement, and called on the Ivorians to move quickly on implementation.

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire and boosted its troop strength by less than half of what the head of mission requested. It also authorized Secretary-General Kofi Annan to initiate plans to redeploy troops, if necessary, from UN missions in nearby Liberia and Sierra Leone to help quell the simmering tensions in the divided country.

Côte d’Ivoire: Security Council plans to expand mission

The Security Council is set to vote tomorrow on a resolution to expand the 6,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire by some 850 troops – less than half of the 2,000 personnel the United Nations says it needs to prevent the situation in the country from deteriorating.

UN envoy urges Ivorian rebels to take chances so as to restore peace

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has urged the major rebel group, which has expressed scepticism about several political developments, to “take risks for the return of peace.”

Côte d'Ivoire: UN mission begins joint patrols in west, near cite of massacres

With the situation in western Côte d'Ivoire remaining volatile, the United Nations peacekeeping mission today began joint patrols with local forces in and around the major cocoa marketing town of Duékoué, where brutal attacks by unidentified armed elements have left scores dead and wounded.

UN peacekeeping chiefs condemn killings in western Côte d'Ivoire

Senior United Nations peacekeeping officials today condemned the wave of killings and other abuses against civilians near a major cocoa marketing town in western Côte d'Ivoire and visited the area to assess how to tighten security and restore calm, a UN spokesman said.