UN envoy deplores deadly Ivorian clashes

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative and the head of the UN peacekeeping operation in Cote d' Ivoire (UNOCI), Bert Koenders, on Monday deplored the deadly clashes in the west of the country that reportedly killed at least six people over the weekend.

Koenders also described the clashes as "regrettable events".

Media reports indicated that at least six people have died in Vavoua as a result of clashes between government forces and armed men.

A UN statement made available to PANA in New York, said the mission had dispatched civilian, police and military staff to Vavoua to examine the situation and try to help restore calm.

It stated: "UNOCI launches an appeal to the competent authorities to have appropriate
investigations carried out to determine the circumstances surrounding the incidents,
identify those responsible and take adequate measures in keeping with the law."

It also said that UNOCI urged both the military and the general population to be calm and to avoid taking actions that would further deteriorate the situation in Vavoua and elsewhere.
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19 december 2011 15:31:58

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