Posted by: africanpressorganization | 20 August 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI provides further support for the cantonment of ex-combatants




Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI provides further support for the cantonment of ex-combatants



ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, August 20, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) will provide the Armed Forces of the Forces Nouvelles (FAFN) with 52 tents and two water tanks, within the framework of the cantonment of ex-combatants, in response to a request from the FAFN’s Chief of Staff, UNOCI Spokesman Hamadoun Touré announced on Thursday in Abidjan.


Speaking at the mission’s weekly press conference, Mr. Touré added that UNOCI would pursue its multifaceted assistance to the cantonment operation by providing air transport for officials involved in the operation, which is scheduled to resume on Friday 20 August 2010 in Séguéla.


The Spokesman recalled that UNOCI had earlier rehabilitated cantonment sites in Bouaké, Korhogo, Man and Séguéla that were to accommodate FAFN ex-combatants who volunteered for the new army.


With regard to the electoral process, UNOCI has observed that the establishment of the final voters’ roll was now in the judicial phase, Mr. Touré stated. “UNOCI also notes that the Independent Electoral Commission is involved in plotting the electoral map of Côte d’Ivoire, which is a key indicator with regard to managing a reliable and transparent electoral process,” he added.


Meanwhile, Mr. Touré announced the publication on 26 August of the report of an investigation by UNOCI’s Human Rights Division into the violence in various Ivorian towns that claimed over 15 lives in February last.


With regard to the activities of the UN Police, Mr. Touré announced that UNOCI was organizing training-for-trainers courses in crowd-control for 30 Ivorian police officers and 30 gendarmes from 23 August to 10 September 2010 and from 30 August to 17 September. Last week, 34 police officers from Yamoussoukro were trained in crowd-control techniques at the Bangladeshi Formed Police Unit Camp in the Ivorian capital, the Spokesman recalled.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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