Côte d’Ivoire: UN mission welcomes release of 14 former Gbagbo government aides

The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) today welcomed the decision by judicial authorities in Abidjan to provisionally release 14 officials from the former government headed by Laurent Gbagbo who are currently awaiting trial.

Côte d'Ivoire on right track despite challenges, Security Council told

While Côte d'Ivoire is on the right path following a violent post-election crisis in 2011, threats to its peace and political stability should not be underestimated, a senior United Nations official today said, urging the Security Council to extend the UN Mission in the country, known as UNOCI.

Côte d’Ivoire must address ‘profound political fragmentation’ – UN expert

In spite of recent social and economic progress, Côte d’Ivoire needs to address its “profound political fragmentation,” a United Nations independent expert said today, stressing that political dialogue is fundamental for effective reconciliation.

UN independent expert stresses need for justice to aid reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire

Justice is a key element of the reconciliation process in Côte d’Ivoire, a United Nations independent expert stressed today, and called on the Government to strengthen the rule of law.

UN Security Council extends arms embargo on Cote d’Ivoire

Maintaining that Cote d’Ivoire was still vulnerable to instability fuelled by available weapons, the United Nations Security Council today extended its arms embargo on the West African country as well as financial and travel sanctions on those who threaten the peace, until 30 April 2014.

Significant threats confront Côte d’Ivoire despite progress towards stability, UN reports

Despite considerable progress since the end of the violent post-election crisis two years ago, Côte d’Ivoire still faces significant threats to its long-term stability, including the presence of armed elements, transnational crime, terrorism, piracy, and a security sector in need of reform, a top United Nations peacekeeping official said today.

Security a top priority in Côte d’Ivoire, senior UN official says on eve of talks with Liberia

On the eve of a meeting between the United Nations and the Governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia to address an outbreak of violence on the border, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official said security remains a priority in the country, particularly as preparations continue for upcoming local elections there.

UN peacekeepers step up patrols in western Côte d’Ivoire after deadly attack

The United Nations peacekeeping missions in Côte d’Ivoire and neighbouring Liberia have been reinforcing their patrols after an attack by armed elements in Petit Guiglo, in Côte d’Ivoire’s western region.

Human rights violations threaten to erode progress in Côte d’Ivoire, UN expert says

An independent United Nations expert has urged authorities in Côte d’Ivoire to boost the democratic process by focusing on human rights and an impartial judicial process, and called on the international community to provide continued support for the country, particularly given the security and humanitarian crisis in neighbouring Mali.

In volatile region, support for Côte d’Ivoire’s stability more critical than ever – UN official

Despite “remarkable progress” in recovering from multiple crises, international support to consolidate stability in Côte d’Ivoire is ever more important given the volatile security situation in its region, the top United Nations official in the West African country said today.