Posted by: africanpressorganization | 9 April 2010

Cote d’Ivoire / Zokolilie responds to UNOCI call for a peaceful electoral environment





Cote d’Ivoire / Zokolilie responds to UNOCI call for a peaceful electoral environment



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, April 9, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire on April 6, organized a campaign to sensitize the public on the need for a peaceful electoral environment in Zokolilie, 251 km. West of Abidjan. The campaign, organized in collaboration with the Collective of Civil Society in South Bandama, fell within the framework of the UN mission’s on-going information and sensitization campaign known as UNOCI-Tour.


On that occasion, the head of the UNOCI delegation, Diane Pezzini, renewed the commitment of the mission to support Ivorians in resolving the current crisis. “Rest assured that the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire will continue to support and guide every initiative for an effective and lasting restoration of confidence and harmony among the Ivorian people who have expressed the need to go for elections in a peaceful electoral environment,” Mrs. Pezzini declared.


One after the other, the representatives of the Electoral Assistance, Public Information sections of UNOCI as well as UN Police, military observers, and a Moroccan contingent, explained the role of UNOCI in the peace process and called on the population to contribute to the establishment of a peaceful electoral environment.


Jean Pierre Mbayahaga of the Electoral Assistance division pointed out that even though UNOCI does not organize the elections, it provides technical and logistic support to the Independent Electoral Commission.


The deputy Chief of UN Police in Divo, Samafou Ngakoutou, explained that UN Police have as principal mission to give advice to the Ivorian Police and Gendarmerie.” Our role is to support and guide institutions in charge of security in Cote d’Ivoire such as the police and the gendarmerie,” he disclosed.



Captain Oulare N’Fara, an official of the military observatory, asserted that the Misssion’s military will continue to contribute to the security of the population. “Military observers carry out regular patrols to ensure that the population moves towards peace,” he said.


The Moroccan contingent outlined the humanitarian activities carried out in the region for the good of the people, such as free medical consultations and treatment, and the rehabilitation of schools and health centres.


The president of the youths of Zokolilie, Gbazoga Dalo Salomon, revealed that UNOCI’s support of the peace process has contributed to the return to the village of young people who had deserted their homes because of insecurity.


The village chief of Zokolilie central, Ngnekpie Boga Noel, expressed satisfaction with the close relationship UNOCI was building with the population. “We have lived certain moment of turbulence in the past. Today, our collaboration is fruitful. This allows the population to live in a safe environment,” he said.

The sub Prefect of Lakota, Theophile Nesson Tehou, requested UNOCI to continue the sensitization campaign in order to dispel the mistrust by the population of certain localities with regard to the UN mission.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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