Posted by: APO | 9 June 2008

Côte d’Ivoire / Security council delegation arrives in Côte d’Ivoire on sunday

Côte d’Ivoire / Security council delegation arrives in Côte d’Ivoire on sunday

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, June 9, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Summary of UNOCI weekly press conference (Abidjan, 6 June 2008):

A Security Council delegation arrives in Abidjan on Sunday, 8 June 2008 for a 24-hour visit to Côte d’Ivoire, the Spokesman of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Hamadoun Touré announced in Abidjan on Friday during the weekly press conference of the UN Mission.

Mr. Touré said that the delegation, which would be led by the Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the United Nations, Michel Kafando, would comprise of the Ambassadors of South Africa, Belgium, Costa Rica, France and China. They are coming to encourage and support Ivorians in the current phase of the peace process, particularly the electoral process. According to the Spokesman, the delegation is coming “to see that everything goes according to plan so that the crisis can come to an end”. He added that the delegation will hold a press conference on Monday, 9 June 2008, at UNOCI headquarters in Sebroko, after its meetings with the Ivorian authorities, political actors as well as representatives of civil society.

The Mission’s Spokesman also briefed journalists on the contacts the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for, Y J Choi, had made in order to explain the importance of collaboration between Ivorians and UNOCI, with regard to the organization of presidential elections. In this regard, Mr. Toure said that the Special Representative had visited Divo on Thursday, 5 June 2008, to hold discussions with the Prefect, elected officials from the region and representatives from youth associations.

Mr. Touré said that UNOCI was continuing with its efforts to ensure the success of the peace process on three levels, security, finance and certification. The aim, he said, is to “facilitate the holding of the elections under the right conditions …..It is important for all of us to cooperate, that is to say Ivorians and UNOCI, so that everything goes well with the preparations for elections”.

Responding questions from the press, Mr. Touré said that the reticence of certain towns in Côte d’Ivoire to see UNOCI deployed in their area, does not signify hostility towards the UN Mission. It is due to misunderstandings, he explained. “The second stage that we are in right now leads us to believe that all these misunderstandings will disappear before the key date of 30 November 2008 and according to the first contacts, we have made, we are optimistic about our future relations with the populations”, added Mr Touré.

Turning to the Mission’s support to the media, Mr. Touré said that with regard to the important position that the media occupies in the Special Representative’s certification role as mandated by the UN Security Council, UNOCI will support it by providing training for journalists all over Cote d’Ivoire. The aim of this training, he explained, is to give the journalists the opportunity “to cover the electoral process in a useful and professional way, especially what is known here as the electoral period that is to say before, during and after the elections”.

 SOURCE : Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire




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