Posted by: APO | 24 January 2008


Summary of UNOCI weekly Press Conference

(Abidjan, January 24th, 2007)



The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) welcomes the holding of the second meeting of the permanent consultation mechanism
in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) under the auspices of President Blaise Compaoré, Facilitator of the inter-Ivorian dialogue, declared UNOCI’s spokesman at the Mission’s weekly press conference on Thursday, 24th January 2008.


The meeting brings together President Laurent Gbagbo, Prime Minister Guillaume Soro and the leaders of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI) and the Rally of Republicans (RDR), Henri Konan Bedié and Alassane Dramane Ouattara respectively.


UNOCI would like to encourage the Ivorian political actors to use the meeting to reinforce the consensus they have established for bringing the crisis in their country to an end and urge them to continue to support the implementation of the Supplementary Agreements to the Ouagadougou Political Agreement, Mr. Touré added.


The Spokesman also announced that the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Y. J. Choi, had held discussion with the Facilitator in Ouagadougou on Wednesday, 23 January 2008. After apprising him of his mission to New York and discussed Resolution 1795, which was adopted on 15 January 2008, Mr. Choi and President Compaoré then touched on a number of important issues pertaining to the peace process. Mr. Touré said this included finding the means to help Ivorians conduct the disarmament, demobilisation and reinsertion (DDR) process, the dismantling of the militias and the holding of free, fair, open and transparent elections with the agreed deadline, under the best conditions..


In this regard, Mr. Choi commended the Facilitator who had given high priority to the peace process in Côte d’Ivoire, said the Spokesman. Before going to Ouagadougou, the Special Representative had held a meeting with Ivorian Prime Minister within the framework of his regular contacts with all the stakeholders in the Ivorian peace process, and intends to continue these contacts with a view to marking a clear path towards elections, he asserted.


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