Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 March 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / Ivorians want to resolve the disarmament – election dilemma, says UNOCI Force Commander




Côte d’Ivoire / Ivorians want to resolve the disarmament – election dilemma, says UNOCI Force Commander



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, March 26, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The recent consultations between the parties are a sign of the collective good faith of Ivorians to find a solution to the disarmament – election dilemma, said the Force Commander of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) General Fernand Marcel Amoussou on Thursday, in Abidjan.


Speaking during UNOCI’s weekly press conference, General Amoussou, who is ending his mission after four years in the country, added that the Ouagadougou Political Agreement had already addressed the issue.


In this context, he said, UNOCI would continue to commit the parties to the complete and total implementation of the agreements.


General Amoussou took the opportunity to give a brief outline of the Ivorian peace process. In this regard, he noted that even if the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire had not completely finished, the country had made great progress towards resolving it. “We can clearly see the work which has been done since 2003 to date,” he said.


However, the Force Commander said, it was evident that the disagreements between the parties would continue as long as the crisis has not been completely resolved. “I believe in Ivorians’ capacity to use dialogue and commitment to help the country regain peace,” he said.


Turning to the Mission’s contribution to security in the country, the Force Commander first outlined the reasons why a United Nations Force was deployed in Côte d’Ivoire. He then explained that the deployment was aimed at creating favourable conditions for a peaceful resolution to the political crisis. In this regard, General Amoussou noted with satisfaction that there had been no resumption of armed hostilities between the former belligerents.


« Our mission of establishing stability and contributing to security in Côte d’Ivoire assigned to us by the Security Council has up until now been carried well,” he said.


General Amoussou said he was pleased to have worked with « his Ivorian brothers and sisters », in particular the military, gendarmes and police of the defence and security forces and the Forces Nouvelles, to achieve stability in Côte d’Ivoire. He highlighted the collaboration between the two ex-belligerent forces, who cooperate in the Integrated Command Centre (ICC) to secure the borders with Guinea, to provide security during the mobile court hearings and the identification process, as well as on drawing up a security plan for elections.


Responding to a question on the Force’s operational capacity, General Amoussou said that the volume of the force, its configuration and deployment had allowed UNOCI to fully accomplish its mandate.


He concluded by reiterating the United Nations renewed commitment to continue with its support to Côte d’Ivoire. On this issue, he said he was confident of the will and resources of Côte d’Ivoire to end the crisis.



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