Security Council Members Demand Respect for Ceasefire in Côte d'Ivoire
Security Council Members
Demand Respect for Ceasefire in Côte d'Ivoire
United Nations, New York -- (UN
News Center) November 4, 2004 -- Reacting to the outbreak
of violence in Côte d'Ivoire, members of the Security Council today demanded
that the country's ceasefire be fully respected.
the press following a closed-door briefing by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the
Council President for November, Ambassador John Danforth of the United States,
also stressed that the "rights and security of United Nations personnel and all
foreigners in Côte d'Ivoire [must] be fully respected."
He told reporters that the Council is reviewing these "worrying
recent developments" and the overall situation in Côte d'Ivoire with a view to
taking action in response.
The Council's session followed attacks by the Government of
on rebel-held areas in the north. Insecurity across the country forced the UN to
suspend its humanitarian relief operations.
In New York, the Secretary-General's spokesman issued a
statement urging President Laurent Gbagbo and all the Ivorian parties to
immediately cease all hostilities and to take all possible actions to prevent
Côte d'Ivoire was plunged into crisis some two years ago when
rebel forces took control of the northern part of the country. The Government
maintained its authority in the south and French forces known as Licorne and
peacekeepers serving with the United Nations mission (ONUCI) are currently
stationed in between.
The 6,240-strong UN operation, deployed in April, is mandated
to monitor the ceasefire, help demobilize soldiers and reintegrate them into
society, promote human rights, support the peace process and facilitate the flow
of relief aid.