Cote d'Ivoire Crisis -
  • Ivorian army accuses ONUCI of planning anti-Gbagbo demonstrations
    16 december 2010 15:04:38
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian Army on Wednesday said on National Radio and Television that the UN Secretary General special representative in Cote d'Ivoire, Young-Jin Choi, should be held responsible for the violence involving forces loyal to both Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara on Thursday and Friday.Full text...

  • UPDATE on Ivorian Crisis: Heavy shooting near Ouattara's base
    16 december 2010 14:29:39
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Heavy shooting took place all morning Thursday in Cocody, at the vicinity of the hotel where Alassane Ouattara is operating from, PANA reported, quoting witnesses.Full text...

  • Political stalemate in Cote d'Ivoire worries UN chief
    15 december 2010 17:36:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed concern over the continuing political stalemate in Cote d’Ivoire, saying "the situation is taking a worrying turn with unfolding events that can lead to wide-spread violence." Full text...

  • Gbagbo’s government to audit ministries
    14 december 2010 21:30:37
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Prime minister appointed by incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, Aké Ngbo, on Tuesday announced that his government would audit all ministries in the country. Full text...

  • EU slams Laurent Gbagbo with sanctions
    14 december 2010 17:00:05
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union (EU), meeting in Brussels, have slammed Laurent Gbagbo with targeted sanctions, including travel bans to Europe and the freezing of his bank accounts in Europe. Full text...

  • Gbagbo, Ouattara forces confront each other in Cote d'Ivoire
    14 december 2010 14:29:52
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Forces loyal to both Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara on Monday confronted each other after the Gbagbo troops attacked a hotel in Abidjan where Ouattara is operating from, according to reports emanating from the Ivorian capital, Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia supports moves to resolve Ivorian political crisis
    13 december 2010 18:09:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian government has declared its preparedness “to support moves to find a peaceful solution to the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire", PANA reported from here Monday, quoting the Gambian Secretary General and civil service chief, Dr. Njogu Bah. Full text...

  • Ping deflects criticism, defends Mbeki's appointment as Ivorian mediator
    13 december 2010 08:05:26
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - African Union Commission chief Jean Ping Sunday defended his recent appointment of former South African President Thabo Mbeki to mediate in the political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire, saying he had a better chance of success. Full text...

  • Gabon calls for peace in Cote d'Ivoire
    11 december 2010 11:40:14
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – Gabon on Friday appealed to Ivorians to give priority to peace by taking into consideration the positions of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) to solve the crisis arising from the disputed 28 November presidential run-off election in which the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and his rival, Alassane Ouattara, have claimed victory. Full text...

  • Ghanaian newspaper slams Ivorian leaders over crisis
    08 december 2010 20:34:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A Ghanaian newspaper has lashed out at Ivorian leaders for the post-election crisis that is threatening to split up the country and urged them to bury heir narrow political ambitions in the greater supreme interest of Ivorians and Africans. Full text...

  • UK Foreign Secretary lauds ECOWAS stand on Cote d'Ivoire
    08 december 2010 20:11:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The United Kingdom has hailed the stand of leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire saying this has sent a clear and unequivocal message that Cote d’Ivoire’s neighbours are determined to uphold democratic principles. Full text...

  • UN peacekeepers to withdraw non-essential staff from Côte d’Ivoire
    07 december 2010 21:32:19
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The UN operations in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) is to withdraw its non-essential staff because of the post-election troubles that are threatening to tear the country apart. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD calls for calm, dialogue in Cote d'Ivoire
    07 december 2010 17:37:31
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Secretariat of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) has expressed its deep concern about the political situation in Cote d'Ivoire, stemming from the results of the second round of the presidential polls. Full text...

  • Belgian soldiers to protect their compatriots in Ivory Coast
    06 december 2010 21:00:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgian commandos on Sunday left Belgium for Ivory Coast to prepare a possible intervention in that country to protect the Belgian embassy and nationals, a statement from the Belgian Defence ministry issued Monday in Brussels says. Full text...

  • 2ND ROUNDUP: Ivorian crisis deepens as Ouattara is also sworn in
    04 december 2010 19:41:35
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – The 28 November presidential run-off in Cote d'Ivoire was expected to be the final part of the roadmap to re-unify the country and re-establish constitutional democracy. Full text...

  • ROUNDUP: Gbagbo sworn in on another day of drama in Cote d'Ivoire
    04 december 2010 17:14:17
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – In another day of dramatic events in Cote d'Ivoire, President Laurent Gbagbo was sworn in for another term of office, as he brushed aside loud international condemnation of his action as "foreign interference". Full text...

  • AU names Mbeki Ivorian crisis mediator, hints at sanctions
    04 december 2010 15:27:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Saturday announced the appointment of former South African President Thabo Mbeki as the chief mediator to the Ivorian political crisis moments before the incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo was sworn in for a new term, PANA reported. Full text...

  • UN Security Council appeals for calm in Cote d'Ivoire
    03 december 2010 15:58:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has called for calm in Cote d' Ivoire amid reported violence in the country following the release of the results of the 28 November presidential run-off elections. Full text...

  • UN renews sanctions against Cote d'Ivoire
    15 october 2010 19:36:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council Friday extended to April next year , the sanctions on weapons, financial and travel on some individuals in Cote d'I v oire. Full text...

  • Political impasse hampers Ivorian peace process -- UN envoy
    04 june 2010 16:46:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The ongoing political impasse in Cote d'Ivoire is contribu ting to heightened tensions and hampering efforts to normalize the situation in t he country, a UN envoy said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council extends peacekeepers' mandate in Cote d'Ivoire
    28 may 2010 16:25:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has extended by one month, the UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and the French forces supporting it. Full text...

  • AU worried by persistent political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire
    04 may 2010 14:07:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Despite its appreciation of the tireless efforts of Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore in facilitating the inter- Ivorian dialogue, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) said it was dismayed by the persistence of the crisis in Cote d'lvoire. Full text...

  • Two dead in clashes between Ivorian ex-rebels
    30 april 2010 10:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Two persons died and others were wounded in clashes between two factions of Ivorian ex-rebels Thursday in Bouake, a stronghold of the ex-rebellion in central Cote d'Ivoire, sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition uncompromising about demands
    20 february 2010 16:16:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian opposition is not about to give up the fight it began when President Laurent Gbagbo dissolved the Independent Elect oral Commission (CEI) and the government last week. Full text...

  • UN to send additional peacekeepers to Cote d'Ivoire
    13 january 2010 16:07:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The United Nations is to send 500 peacekeepers from Burkin a Faso to Cote d'Ivoire ahead of the March elections in the country, according t o a UN statement, made available to PANA in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ONUCI gives logistic support to Ivorian govt
    07 july 2009 18:25:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The deputy special representative of the UN Secr etary-General in Côte d'Ivoire, Abou Moussa, Monday in Abidjan delivered materia l s to the Minister of Defence, Michael Amani N'guessan, as part of the logistical support to the redeployment of police officers and gendarmes in the country, UN s ources informed PANA. Full text...

  • Board of New Forces meets in Bouaké on Soro
    17 april 2009 21:49:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Members of the board and high command of the for mer Ivorian rebel group, New Forces (NF), will meet on Monday in Bouaké, central Cote d’Ivoire, to take a decision on the resignation of Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, a press release signed by Mr Alain Lobognon, the NF's communication direct o r, said on Friday. Full text...

  • Ivorian PM under pressure to quit office
    15 april 2009 08:10:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Members of the New Forces, a former rebel group in Cote d'Ivoire, have asked their general secretary, Guillaume Soro, to resign f rom his duties as Prime minister of the country. Full text...

  • UN operation in Cote d’Ivoire worried about delay in ID process
    13 march 2009 23:06:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (ONUCI) on Thu rsday said it was worried about the delay in the identification process in the c o untry which was “running out of steam”. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition demands secure electoral process
    25 april 2008 11:56:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian opposition Thursday voiced conerns o ver the security of the electoral process to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon wh o was meeting with the main political parties in the country on the second day of his visit to Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • 2 killed in Abidjan protests
    04 april 2008 12:26:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Two persons, including an 18-year-old student, were killed during demonstrations against the high cost of living Monday and Tuesday in Abidjan, according to an official statement issued here Thursday. Full text...

  • Soro says Ivorian peace process moving forward
    18 march 2008 10:24:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Prime Minister Guillaume Kigbafori Soro has once again claimed that the country's peace process is moving forward. Full text...

  • PSC notes encouragement in Ivorian peace process
    24 december 2007 10:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Satisfied by developments in Côte d'Ivoire since the signing of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has called on political forces and the civil society in the West African nation to consolidate the peace momentum, with a view to holding presidential election by the end of the first half of 2008. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt institutes panel on residence permit
    05 november 2007 08:34:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government has set up a committee on the implementation of the proposal to scrap residence permit for foreigners living in the country, according to the office of Prime Minister Guillaume Soro. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition expresses concern about electoral process
    21 october 2007 15:27:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian opposition, regrouped under the Rally of Houphouestists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), has expressed worry about "major uncertainties on the effective date of elections" in the West African country. Full text...

  • Ivorian Premier seeks introduction of civic service
    20 october 2007 10:58:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Premier Guillaume Soro has said the introduction of the national civic service will lower the risk of young Ivorians taking up arms in the country. Full text...

  • Ivorian court clerks threaten to boycott public hearings
    18 september 2007 16:46:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian court clerks have threatened to boycott the forthcoming public hearings in the country unless their status improves, the chairman of the National Union of Ivorian Clerks (UNAG-CI), Roger Dakouri, warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gbagbo declares end of war in ex-rebel zone
    30 july 2007 21:38:00
    Bouake- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire on Monday in the ex-rebel zone of Bouake officially declared the end of the civil war that erupted 22 September 2002 and dichotomised the country. Full text...

  • Ivorian peace process is irreversible, says PM Soro
    30 july 2007 20:23:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Prime Minister Guillaume Soro of the Ivorian consensus government on Monday said in Bouake, stronghold of the former New Forces (FN) rebels, that the peace process in Cote d'Ivoire was irreversible and peace was here, "within (our) reach". Full text...

  • Gbagbo talks of “ulterior motives” in peace accord
    24 july 2007 16:42:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – Implementation of -the Ivorian peace accord signed in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 4 March between the authorities and the New Forces has not been "fast enough, because everybody have their own calculations and ulterior motives", said president Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • Ivorian military forces agree to suppress buffer zones
    12 april 2007 18:52:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian army chief Brigadier--general Philippe Mangou, and his New Forces Armed Forces (FAFN) counterpart, General Soumaila Bakayoko, late Wednesday at the United Nations Operations office in Côte d'Ivoire (ONUCI) in Abidjan, signed an accord on the suppression of the buffer zone due to be implemented on 16 April. Full text...

  • Gbagbo consults Ivorians on peace process
    07 november 2006 16:57:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian President -Laurent Gbagbo Tuesday kicked off a series of consultations on the restoration of peace to the West African nation plunged into politico-military crisis in September 2002 after an army mutiny. Full text...

  • Will Gbagbo's extended mandate bring calm to Cote d'Ivoire?
    18 october 2006 12:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Where is Cote d'Ivoire headed to after the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) late Tuesday endorsed a one-year extension of President Laurent Gbagbo's mandate? It may take some time to realise what exactly lies ahead for the country whose political crisis, over the past four years, has tested the skills of many in trying to puzzle it out -- from Linas- Marcoussis in France to the UN Security Council, the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Pretoria in South Africa and several capitals in the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Konare asks African leaders to salvage Ivorian peace process
    17 october 2006 08:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare Tuesday appealed to the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) meeting here at heads of state level to ensure the success of the peace process in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Ivorian ruling party wants IWG dissolved, French troops out
    23 september 2006 11:07:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The ruling Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) has said it wants International Working Group (IWG) dissolved and the French military forces withdrawn from the country due to the failure of the Linas-Marcoussis accords. Full text...

  • Mauritania, Bissau hail progress in Cote d'Ivoire
    17 april 2006 13:21:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania and Guinea Bissau have hail "progress" made in attaining national reconciliation and lasting peace in Cote d'Ivoire, an official source said here Monday. Full text...

  • UN decorates Moroccan peacekeepers in Cote d'Ivoire
    18 november 2005 21:26:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The United Nations on Friday awarded medals to 732 Moroccan army officers and non-commissioned officers in the 3rd contingent of the battalion of the world body's peacekeepers currently serving in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Ivorian army chief assures population
    27 october 2005 13:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire army chief of staff, General Philippe Mangou, has urged all segments of society to show responsibility and abide by democratic norms. Full text...

  • Ivorian president rejects ECOWAS negotiations, transition
    28 september 2005 13:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo has reiterated his rejection of "any kind of fresh negotiations with ECOWAS" as well as the proposed transitional administration after the expiry of his mandate on 30 October 2005. Full text...

  • Ex-Ivorian rebels to review role in electoral body
    16 august 2005 18:21:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Former Ivorian rebels grouped as the New Forces meet Wednesday to decide on participation in the Independent Electoral Commission, whose composition has been widely decried by opposition parties. Full text...

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