Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 January 2009

Identification breaks 4 million barrier in Cote d’Ivoire Announces UNOCI



Identification breaks 4 million barrier in Cote d’Ivoire Announces UNOCI


ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, January 30, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — According to figures obtained by the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), the number of people who have been identified has crossed the 4 million barrier, spokesman Hamadoun Touré announced on Thursday in Abidjan during the Mission’s weekly press conference.


“This is a very important progress, particularly in view of the delays and difficulties that the identification and voter registration operation, which fortunately has continued without any serious incidents, has gone through”, said Mr. Touré. On behalf of UNOCI, he congratulated the parties involved in the operation on their achievement. The Mission encouraged them to continue their efforts to deploy enough teams in the field to cover the co-ordination centres.


The Spokesman announced that UNOCI had reinforced its support to the identification process by carrying out special operations by air and sea since Thursday to transport identification equipment to the interior of the country.


In addition, the Mission mobilised a total of 267 vehicles to support the operation. “The aim is to help the national organisations to identify as many people as possible within the targeted group”, Mr. Touré explained

Turning to the activities of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Y.J. Choi, the Spokesman said that his contacts with Ivorian political leaders continued. This, he added, was in order to inform them about the Security Council’s discussions on Côte d’Ivoire. In this regard, he recalled that during the presentation of the 19th report of the UN Secretary-General on UNOCI on 21 January 2009, Mr. Choi had highlighted the progress made on the re-establishment of peace and security as well as in the identification of the population. This is what led the Security Council to decide to reduce UNOCI’s force by one battalion.

After the press conference, journalists were invited to cover a training session on crime scene investigation organised by UNOCI police (UNPOL) for six Ivorian police trainers. The session was part of a series of training of trainers programmes organised by UNPOL for Ivorian police officers.



SOURCE : Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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