Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI chief calls on Chairman of Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, November 10, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — As part of his encounters with actors in the Ivorian peace process, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Bert Koenders, on Wednesday held discussions with the Chairman of the Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CDVR), Mr. Charles Konan Banny.
Speaking after the hour-long meeting, which was also attended by the vice-chairman of the Commission, Nanan Désiré Tanoé, king of the Nzima people, Mr. Koenders, visibly satisfied with the discussions, stressed the need to strengthen the links between reconciliation and real justice so that the country can turn over a new page. “We have the same aim and the United Nations has asked me to support the work of the Commission,” Mr. Koenders told journalists.
For his part, the Chairman of the CDVR expressed his satisfaction over the visit of the Special Representative. “UNOCI has been with Côte d’Ivoire for the past ten years, it is our partner and is accompanying us in the crisis-resolution process,” he stressed. “We are now on the final leg of the process and in UNOCI’s mandate, reconciliation is a priority, » said Mr. Banny. In this regard, he said he hoped to have the broadest possible collaboration with the Mission, especially to the benefit of Ivorians.
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