World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Envoy Urges Ivorian Rebels: Take Chances for Peace

UN Envoy Urges Ivorian Rebels to Take Chances So As to Restore Peace

New York, Jun 16 2005 11:00AM

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has urged the major rebel group, which has expressed scepticism about several political developments, to “take risks for the return of peace.”

At a meeting earlier this week between the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG), Pierre Schori, two representatives of mediating South African President Thabo Mbeki and members of the Monitoring Committee for the peace process, the leaders of the rebel Forces Nouvelles said they were sceptical about holding national elections on 30 October, the mission said.

Forces Nouvelles told Mr. Schori in Bouaké, the rebel stronghold, that, despite the increased involvement of the UN in organizing the elections, the basic problem that had led to the political crisis in 2002, the dispute over citizenship qualifications for presidential candidates, had not been resolved, the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said.

The rebels favour northern political leader Alassane Ouattara, the citizenship of whose parents has been contested. A 2002 coup attempt against Mr. Gbagbo failed.

In addition, the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis Agreement that ended the bitter fighting against the Government had not set an electoral deadline and the October date had been unilaterally chosen by President Laurent Gbagbo, Forces Nouvelles said.

In response, Mr. Schori said, “You must take risks for the return of peace.”

He noted that the latest Security Council resolution contained guarantees for the organization of the electoral process and had taken into consideration the safety of the political leaders.

The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process had to more forward now and the South African team which arrived yesterday in Boaké would discuss the follow-up to the Pretoria Agreement, an accord which filled some gaps in Linas-Marcoussis, Mr. Schori said.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news