Posted by: africanpressorganization | 24 February 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / Georg Charpentier makes positive evaluation of his mission in Côte d’Ivoire




Côte d’Ivoire / Georg Charpentier makes positive evaluation of his mission in Côte d’Ivoire



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, February 24, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The security and humanitarian situation in Côte d’Ivoire has significantly improved since the signing of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement and this has given a new positive impetus to the crisis-resolution process.


This was the evaluation made by the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations Agencies, Georg Charpentier, at the end of his three-year mission in the country. According to Mr. Charpentier, a number of factors contributed to this result. “The disappearance of the zone of confidence, the freedom of movement and the return of the displaced are proofs of a satisfactory evolution which took place without incidents”.


He also welcomed the official closing last year of the last two camps for the displaced in Guiglo and said he would like these efforts to continue so that the last displaced person can return home. The outgoing DSRSG said that the priorities of the displaced which were linked to security, protection or assistance two years ago, revolve around other things today. “Today their needs are economic development and the creation of activities which can generate income,” he said, before adding that in this regard, he would like increased attention to be given to the north and east of Côte d’Ivoire, which were presently marginalized because they do not have the advantages of the west, which is endowed with a variety of natural and agricultural resources.


On the issue of the Basket Fund, which was set up in 2007 by the international community to meet the demands of Côte d’Ivoire, and which was managed by UNDP, this initiative had fulfilled its function, according to the Humanitarian Coordinator. The crisis-resolution component, he recalled, had allowed reintegration and rehabilitation community to progress, while the election component had provided the opportunity to acquire electoral equipment and organise training programmes. However, he said, “If elections are not quickly held this training would have to be done again”.


The humanitarian coordinator however drew attention on the need to highlight the management of the post-crisis period. In this regard, Mr. Charpentier explained that some urgent programmes had yet not been carried out. This is namely, he said, ” the rural land issue which has difficulties to be completed and the governance issue in which many things remain to be done”.


In this regard, he recalled, the initiative of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Y. J. Choi, who launched the 1000 microprojects, had obtained satisfactory result. “The 1000 microprojects implemented within the framework of the DDR programme resulted in the reintegration of more than 3,500 beneficiaries, including ex-combatants, ex-members of militias, young people at risk and women, to carry out activities which produce incomes,” he said, before adding that the United Nations wanted to provide more money for this project because of its success.


However, Mr. Charpentier regretted the fact that as he prepares to leave, more money had not been provided for the humanitarian aspect and development. He said that there was still a possibility for the OPA to change the trend observed thus far. “We are still at the crisis-resolution phase and not at development perspective,” he said.


He stressed that he was optimistic on the future of Côte d’Ivoire, which is endowed with many resources and the necessary advantages to be the leader in the sub-region, even one of the pillars in Africa. This was why as a farewell to this beautiful country which he loved and whose population he appreciated; Mr. Charpentier wanted to leave them with this saying. “Persevere in the search for solutions and do not destroy what has been constructed. In other words, safeguard the achievements”.



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