Posted by: africanpressorganization | 10 April 2009

Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI reiterates call for an electoral calendar



Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI reiterates call for an electoral calendar


ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, April 10, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) has reiterated its call to the Ivorian authorities, namely the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), to publish without delay, an electoral timetable comprising the different stages leading to open, fair, free and transparent elections, UNOCI Spokesman Hamadoun Touré said on Thursday, in Abidjan.


“In this spirit, UNOCI calls on all parties concerned to contribute to the execution of the tasks contained in the Ouagadougou Political Agreement in particular, those mentioned in the 4th Supplementary Agreement of 22 December 2008 to accelerate the crisis-resolution process in the country”, Mr. Touré insisted during the Mission’s weekly press conference.


UNOCI, for its part, in accordance with its accompanying mandate is putting every means [technical, logistical and the mobilisation of funds] at the disposal of the Ivorian authorities and all the concerned parties in order to ensure that elections are held as soon as possible, he said in response to a question from the press.


Asked about a statement by a zone commander with regard to ending disarmament after elections, the Spokesman recalled that UNOCI’s position was still that the contents of the 4th Ouagadougou Accord, which stipulates that disarmament should be completed at least two months before the holding of the first stage of the presidential elections, should be strictly implemented.


On a sad note, Mr. Touré told journalists that a message of condolences had been sent by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Y.J. Choi, to President Laurent Gbagbo, following the death of his Deputy Chief of Staff, Mrs Sarata Ottro Zirignon, whom described as a privileged interlocutor for UNOCI, someone and who was committed without reservation, to peace. The late Mrs Ottro Zirignon was in charge of relations with UNOCI.



SOURCE : Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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