UN: UN Security Council approves final extension for UN mission in Cote d’Ivoire

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council Thursday renewed the mandate of the UN
peacekeeping mission in Cote d’Ivoire for a final period, extending it until the end of June
next year.

PANA at the UN headquarters in New York reports that the Security Council also decided to
terminate all arms, travel and financial sanctions against the country, with immediate effect.

Welcoming Cote d’Ivoire’s progress in relation to disarmament, demobilization and
reintegration and security sector reform, national reconciliation and the fight against impunity,
the Council after a closed-door meeting unanimously adopted resolution 2284 (2016) deciding
that, until 30 April 2017.

It said that the mission would be mandated to support efforts by the Ivorian security forces
to protect civilians, and by the Government of Cote d’Ivoire to consolidate peace and stability in the country while addressing border security challenges.

It also unanimously adopted resolution 2283 (2016), deciding to terminate all arms, travel and
financial sanctions against the country, with immediate effect, and to dissolve the Committee
established by resolution 1572 (2004) to oversee those measures, and the Group of Experts
established under resolution 1584 (2005) to assist that body.

The Council also endorsed the UN Secretary-General’s withdrawal plan for the UN Operation
in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), taking into account the security conditions on the ground following
the successful conclusion of the presidential election held on 25 October 2015.

On his part, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the adoption of the resolutions,
reiterating the UN’s continued commitment to Cote d’Ivoire.

Ban also said that, he welcomed the determination of the people and the Government of
Cote d’Ivoire in overcoming the political and security crises that led to the deployment of
UNOCI in April 2004,” Mr. Ban said in a statement attributable to his spokesperson.

"It is the continued positive evolution of the situation in Cote d’Ivoire, including the
successful conclusion of the presidential elections last year, which has enabled the United
Nations to enter the final stage of peacekeeping in the country," the UN chief said.

He also recognized the important role played by partners throughout the Ivorian crises, in
particular the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS),
the troop and police contributing countries and the UN country team, which he said
facilitated the achievements made by UNOCI.

He stressed the importance of the continued engagement of all partners during the
transformation of the United Nations’ engagement in Cote d’Ivoire over the course of the
next year, in particular through the United Nations Country Team, and following the
closure of UNOCI.

Concerning UNOCI’s mandate, the Council also authorized the mission to use all
necessary means in carrying out its mandate, and requested that the Secretary-General
complete the withdrawal of all its uniformed and civilian components by 30 April 2017.

Regarding force structure, it decided to decrease UNOCI’s military and police units, with
a view to completing their withdrawal, and also decided to extend, until 30 June 2017,
the authorization of the French forces to support UNOCI within the limits of their
deployment and capabilities.

In resolution 2284 (2016), the Council welcomed the "enhanced ongoing political dialogue
among all political parties, further welcoming the important gestures made to this end by
the Government of Cote d’Ivoire and the receptive spirit with which they have been
received, and encouraging all political stakeholders to continue in this regard throughout
the 2016 legislative election period and beyond".

It also emphasized the "crucial progress made by the people and Government of
Cote d’Ivoire toward achieving national reconciliation and social cohesion,” and noted
the "importance of the work achieved by the Commission dialogue, verite et
reconciliation (CDVR) as well as that being undertaken by the Commission nationale
pour la reconciliation et l’indemnisation des victimes (CONARIV)."

Earlier in April, UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve
Ladsous said that with Cote d'Ivoire now firmly anchored on the path of peace, stability
and economic recovery, it was perhaps time to consider wrapping up the UN mission
and begin to consider the UN’s future role in supporting and consolidating the country’s
gains.

Mr. Ladsous also welcomed the government’s ongoing reforms to the expansion of the
political space and strengthening of unity and national cohesion, adding that discussions
were under way for the holding of a constitutional referendum planned by the end of the
year, and the adoption of a new constitution that would better reflect developments in
Cote d'Ivoire over the past decade.
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