Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 November 2011

Côte d’Ivoire / New UNOCI chief received by Ivorian prime minister



Côte d’Ivoire / New UNOCI chief received by Ivorian prime minister


ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, November 3, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Côte d’Ivoire, Bert Koenders, met Ivorian Prime Minister Guillaume Soro on Wednesday 2 November 2011, as part of his contacts with the actors in the peace process.


At the end of his first meeting with the Ivorian prime minister, the new head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) told the press that the visit had been very cordial.


“We discussed very important issues, particularly the legislative elections which, to my mind, and as certifier, have to be open, free, fair and transparent,” the Special Representative said. He stated that their discussions had also focused on security sector reform and disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR).


With regard to security, Mr. Koenders made a correlation with the upcoming elections. “The legislative elections must take place in a context of security,” he said.


The Special Representative said he had also discussed the challenges facing the country, including, in particular, re-launching the economy and creating jobs, with his host. “We shall establish a coordinating body with the donors to re-launch the economy,” Mr. Koenders announced, adding that following the “good discussions” he had had with the Prime Minister, he hoped UNOCI and the Ivorian Government would work well in future.


Since his arrival in Côte d’Ivoire on 24 October, Mr. Koenders has had a number of consultations with Ivorian authorities, political actors and the population in different parts of the country. In this regard, he travelled on Monday, 31 October 2011, to the West of the country to have a first-hand look at the realities of this region that has been battered by the Ivorian crisis.



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