Security Council renews mandate of peacekeeping operation in Cote d'Ivoire for another year

10:42, July 28, 2011      

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In its 2000th resolution, adopted unanimously here Wednesday, the UN Security Council has renewed the UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) until the end of July 2012.

Security Council Resolution 2000 expressed the council's " concern about the continuing precarious and volatile security situation" in the West African nation.

Cote d'Ivoire is still recovering and rebuilding after a violent post-electoral crisis. A runoff presidential election held on Nov. 28, 2010 resulted in the internationally recognized victory of Alassane Ouattara, but his opponent Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede the election. Fighting between forces loyal to the two candidates continued until mid-April of 2011, when Gbagbo finally surrendered.

The resolution said that since Ouattara's election on May 21 there has been welcome "progress towards restoring stability and peace in Cote d'Ivoire" and commended the new president's " commitment and initiatives to promote dialogue, justice, and reconciliation, including the establishment of the Dialogue, Truth, and Reconciliation Commission, and calling upon all the Ivorian actors to work together in their efforts for the stabilization and reconstruction of the country."

Ouattara created the commission to investigate reported crimes against humanity that were allegedly committed by both parties during the post-electoral conflict.

According to resolution 2000, UNOCI's military and police components will be tasked with protecting civilians and defending the rule of law.

UNOCI will also assist the government of Cote d'Ivoire "in conducting, without delay and in close coordination with other international partners, a sector-wide review of the security institutions and in developing a comprehensive national strategy and plans for their reform, taking into account the national DDR ( disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration program)."

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