Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 June 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / UN Secretary-General Special Representative meets Ivorian President





Côte d’Ivoire / UN Secretary-General Special Representative meets Ivorian President



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, June 25, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Y.J. Choi, on Thursday met with President Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan.


Speaking at the end of the 30-minute meeting, Mr. Choi told journalists that he had come to brief the head of state on the UN Security Council meeting which took place in early June. The two men also discussed various ways in which UNOCI and Côte d’Ivoire could continue to work together on the crisis-resolution process.


On the issue of the crisis-resolution process, Mr. Choi said he believed the moment was “very delicate”. From now on we have two ways of resolving the crisis-resolution question, the Special Representative explained. In order to do so, it is vital to maintain peace and stability in the country, he added.


The Special Representative said that with peace and stability, it was possible to build two pillars, namely reunification and elections.


He said in order to achieve this, it was necessary to concentrate on producing a definitive electoral list. “This list is not only important for the elections but also for reunification because it will resolve the issue of identification definitively,” he concluded.


Earlier, Mr. Choi had met with a delegation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) led by the president of the ECOWAS Commission, James Victor Gbeho, at UNOCI’s headquarters in Abidjan. They discussed the situation in Côte d’Ivoire and the sub-region.


Mr. Gbeho thanked the Special Representative for the partnership he had developed between ECOWAS and the UN with the aim of successfully resolving the crisis-resolution process.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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