Posted by: APO | 23 January 2008

Ivorian elections were at centre of discussions between UNOCI Chief and Facilitator.

Ivorian elections were at centre of discussions between UNOCI Chief and Facilitator.


Abidjan, 23 January 2008………The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Y.J. Choi, met with President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou on Wednesday to discuss ways of accelerating the end of the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire.


Their discussions focused on the electoral process, in particular the financing and certification of the elections. Mr. Choi stressed the crucial role that the Facilitator of the inter-Ivorian dialogue would play in this regard. “Whenever there is a blockage, we will seek his intervention”, he told members of the press on his way out of his meeting with the Burkinabé head of state which lasted over an hour.


The Special Representative added that apart from the elections, they also discussed the disarmament of ex-combatants and the dismantling of the militias. The talks also touched on other tasks that have to be completed with regard to the implementation of the Supplementary Agreements to the Ouagadougou Political Agreement.


Mr. Choi also apprised President Compaoré of his recent mission to UN headquarters in New York, during which he presented the 15th Report of the Secretary-General on the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) to the Security Council.


The head of UNOCI, who spent some four hours in Ouagadougou, was accompanied by the Principal Deputy Special Representative Mr. Abou Moussa.



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