Posted by: APO | 31 August 2007


Summary of UNOCI weekly Press Conference

[Abidjan, 30 August 2007]




Abidjan, 30 August 2007 – “The officer in charge of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Abou Moussa, traveled to Ouagadougou this morning within the framework of his regular consultations with the authorities of Burkina Faso,” UNOCI Spokesman Hamadoun Touré said Thursday in Abidjan.


Speaking at UNOCI’s weekly press conference, the spokesman said Mr Moussa had been invited by the Facilitator of the Ivorian crisis, President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso. He added that the ONUCI officer in charge would have talks, in particular, with the Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso, Djibril Bassolé.


Mr Touré also announced the arrival in Abidjan on 4 September of UN Under-Secretary-General Ms Radhika Coomaraswamy, who is the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. Ms Coomaraswamy’s three-day visit to Côte d’Ivoire will also take her to Bouaké, Daloa and Guiglo. She will have talks with Ivorian governmental authorities, representatives of civil society and officials of UN agencies. Her visit is within the framework of the presentation, around mid-September, of a report on Children and Conflict in Côte d’Ivoire.


Responding to questions from a journalist on the state of progress of the investigation into allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse made against members of the Moroccan contingent in Bouaké, the spokesman said the UN and the Kingdom of Morocco were engaged in discussions on the work that remains to be done. He said UNOCI hoped the Moroccan investigators would return soon to Côte d’Ivoire.



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