Security Council encourages Cote d'Ivoire's Ouattara to form inclusive government

09:45, April 14, 2011      

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The UN Security Council encouraged Cote d'Ivoire's internationally-recognized President Alassane Ouattara to form an inclusive, broad-based government, and urged all Ivoirians to refrain from revenge and to work together to promote national reconciliation, said a press statement read by the council president here Wednesday.

The members of the Security Council "welcome that President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire is now in position to assume all his responsibilities as head of state in accordance with the Ivorian constitution and the will of the Ivorian people expressed at the presidential elections on Nov. 28 2010 and as recognized by the international community," said Colombian UN Ambassador Nestor Osorio, who is the Security Council president of the month.

The council encouraged Ouattara to "form an inclusive, broad- based government," and urge all Ivorians to "abstain from any reprisals, revenge and provocation, to exercise maximum restraint and to work together to promote national reconciliation and restore sustainable peace through dialogue and consultations," Osorio told reporters after the close-door consultation.

The current crisis in Cote d'Ivoire began when Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down as president after the presidential run-off elections in the country. Ouattara was the UN-certified winner of the elections, but Gbagbo's forces have prevented his government from taking over, leading to violent clashes.

Gbagbo was captured Monday after days of resistance. Forces allied with Ouattara entered Abidjan early in the month having sweeping through southern towns in swift military advances.

The Security Council welcomed Ouattara's commitment to investigate alleged human rights abuses, and called upon the Ivorian government to ensure the security of Laurent Gbagbo and fair and just treatment for him and his entourage.

They encouraged the Ivorian government to cooperate closely with the independent international commission of inquiry on Cote d 'Ivoire, established by the Human Rights Council.

The council further encouraged the UN peacekeeping mission in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) to help the government in the urgent task of disarmament, help reestablish security, public order and rule of law throughout the country and facilitate the provision of humanitarian aid.

They also called on the international community to urgently assist the affected population and refugees in Cote d'Ivoire and its neighboring countries, especially Liberia with effective humanitarian aid.

Source: Xinhua
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