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UN Soldiers Deployed To Côte D’ivoire Borders

UN Mission In Côte D’ivoire Deployed At Borders With Liberia And Ghana

In a move to tighten the arms embargo that the United Nations Security Council has imposed on Côte d’Ivoire, the UN peacekeeping mission there was deployed near the frontiers with Liberia and Ghana for the first time and conducted inspections of vehicles, the mission said today.

The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said it fielded a battalion based at Akouedo barracks, northeast of the largest city, Abidjan, and conducted inspections yesterday at Toulepleu, near to the western border with Liberia, and at Appronpronou, about 20 kilometres from the eastern border with Ghana.

“There a highway inspection of vehicles, personnel and merchandise took place to prevent trafficking in weapons and child soldiers,” it said.

The inspections themselves followed two others on 21 and 30 March and no inspection had turned up anything unusual, it said.

The Council imposed the embargo in November.

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