UN Security Council calls for restraint throughout electoral process in Cote d'Ivoire

08:48, November 25, 2010      

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The UN Security Council on Wednesday called on relevant parties in Cote d'Ivoire to exercise restraint throughout the electoral process in the West African country.

The appeal was contained in a statement read to the press here by British UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for November.

The Council president made the statement as Cote d'Ivoire's presidential hopefuls are exchanging increasingly hostile rhetoric ahead of the run-off vote on Sunday, touching off fears that violence could overshadow the entire electoral process in the country.

The 15 Council members "further urged two candidates and all political leaders to maintain a calm and peaceful atmosphere throughout the electoral process," and "to appeal to their supporters to refrain from any actions of violence, provocation and incitement to violence," Lyall Grant said.

Cote d'Ivoire's presidential elections have been delayed since 2005 due to tensions between the rebel-held north of the country and the south, which engaged in a civil war beginning in 2002.

"The members of the Security Council expressed their concern at the recent incidents in Cote d'Ivoire," the Council president said.

"The members of the Security Council reiterated their vigilance as regards those who, notably, obstruct the peace and electoral process and publicly incite hatred and violence, as set out by Resolution 1946 adopted on Oct. 15, 2010," he said.

"The members of the Security Council reiterated their satisfaction with the organization of the first round of the presidential elections in Cote d'Ivoire on Oct. 31, 2010 and thereby stressed the need for the Ivorian stakeholders to preserve this historic and critical gain in the Ivorian peace process," Lyall Grant said.

Also on Wednesday, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution allowing the transfer of additional UN peacekeeping forces to Cote d'Ivoire.

The 15-nation Security Council authorized UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to redeploy three infantry companies and an aviation unit comprised of two military utility helicopters from the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to the UN peacekeeping mission in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI).

"The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to UNOCI in the implementation of its mandate," Lyall Grant said.

"The members of the Security Council welcomed the determination of the facilitator, President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, to continue helping the Ivorian parties to pursue a successful completion of the electoral process in Cote d'Ivoire," he added.

Source: Xinhua


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