Posted by: africanpressorganization | 12 March 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI chief will present Ivorian peace process to Security Council





Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI chief will present Ivorian peace process to Security Council



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, March 12, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Y. J. Choi, is leaving Abidjan this weekend to travel to New York, where he will take part in the Security Council’s consultations on the Ivorian peace process, the spokesman of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Hamadoun Touré, announced on Thursday, in Abidjan,.


Speaking during the Mission’s weekly press briefing, Mr. Touré said that UNOCI’s chief will give an update on the peace process, on 17 March, while highlighting the need to give a new impetus to the electoral dynamic which has stopped during last few weeks.


In this regard, Mr. Choi has increased consultations with the Ivorian actors, the spokesman said recalling the Special Representative’s meetings with President Laurent Gbagbo and the Chairman of the Democratic Party in Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI), Henri Konan Bédié. He announced that separate meetings were also planned with Prime Minister Guillaume Soro and the Chairman of the Rally of Republicans (RDR), Alassane Dramane Ouattara.


The objective of these consultations, Mr. Touré said, was to gather information which would be given to the Security Council so it can have a clearer picture of the situation on the ground.


The idea, he added, was to seek ways and means to re-launch the electoral process, especially the resumption of appeals on the provisional electoral list. Mr. Touré reaffirmed that this will revolve around: calm management of the difficulties, preservation of the achievements made so far and production of the definitive electoral list.


In this regard the Mission chief was at that moment meeting with the new chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Youssouf Bakayoko, Mr. Touré said. The visit to the new leadership of the IEC was an opportunity to evaluate the support that UNOCI will provide so that the institution in charge of organizing the election can fully resume work in Abidjan as well as in the interior of the country, he added.


Touching on the second point of his intervention, which was essentially to outline the activities of the Mission’s sections, Mr. Touré announced that the fifth edition of UNOCI’s sensitisation and information campaign, known as “UNOCI Days”, will be held in Akoupé, in the region of Agneby, from 17 to 19 March 2010.


He said that the sensitisation campaign, which was launched in Vavoua in December 2009 and organised successively in Hiré, Bocanda and Zouan-Hounien, gives the Mission the opportunity to visit populations deep in the heart of the country, who are priviledged partners in the establishment of a peaceful electoral environment.


The Spokesman explained that during the campaign, sport and cultural activities as well as medical consultations were held in an attempt to exchange views with the population and encourage them to commit to a peaceful environment, especially in the current atmosphere where the electoral dynamic is in need of a new impetus.


He announced that an information and training workshop on promoting the culture of peace and strengthening social cohesion for a peaceful electoral environment, aimed at traditional chiefs, youth groups and women’s associations, will be held in Zuenoula on 15 March 2010.


According to Mr. Touré, several seminars-workshops have been organised in a number of towns throughout Côte d’Ivoire with the media and civil society. They focused on the contribution of the different actors to the establishment of a peaceful electoral environment and on the support UNOCI and its partners give to the reintegration of ex-combatants, he added.


With regard to the workshops, the Spokesman said that since Wednesday, 10 March, yesterday, 40 representatives of the media and civil society in the Fromager region have been deepening their collaboration in order to better contribute to maintaining and consolidating a peaceful electoral environment. A similar exercise was organized in Bondoukou with 40 representatives of the media and civil society from the Zanzan region on 3 March 2010.


With regard to UNOCI’s support to the reintegration of ex-combatants, Mr. Touré announced that on 10 March in Bouaké, the Mission had organised with its partners, a workshop aimed at improving the media’s understanding of the reintegration and the support provided by the Mission and its partners in this area.


“35 participants, 20 of whom were journalists and beneficiaries of the 1000 microprojects, took part in it,” he said. The encounter, he added, was followed by a visit to four projects in Brobo, including a chicken farm, a motorbike taxi business, selling of drinks and an ironmongery.



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