Posted by: APO | 13 November 2007

UNOCI OFFICER IN CHARGE MEETS US DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE


UNOCI OFFICER IN CHARGE MEETS US DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE

 

Abidjan, 11th November 2007….. The Officer in charge of the
United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Mr. Abou Moussa, on Sunday, received an American delegation led by the US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte at the Mission’s headquarters in Abidjan.

 

Mr. Negroponte, who was on an official visit to Cote d’Ivoire, said that he had come to express his support for the Ouagadougou Political Agreement and the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process (DDR).

 

Concerning the implementation of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement, he welcomed the progress accomplished so far, but also noted the delays. In this regard, Mr. Negroponte mentioned his meetings with Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, Prime Minister Guillaume Soro and other Ivorian leaders, whom he encouraged to pursue the implementation of the process as quickly as possible. In addition, he qualified the Mobile Court process as important because, he said, it would contribute to the establishment of reliable electoral lists.

 

Recalling America’s financial contribution in particular and that of the international community in general to the peace process in Cote d’Ivoire; Mr. Negroponte said that this funding came mainly in the form of support to UNOCI, which costs hundreds of million dollars, and to international institutions such as the World Bank.

 

The American delegation left Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday at the end of a 48-hour official visit to Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Mali, last stage of its West African tour. Mr. Negroponte was accompanied by his deputy and the Director for African Affairs, Ms Jendayi Frazer.


 


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