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


Côte D’ivoire Elections Should Not Be Delayed

Côte D’ivoire Elections Should Not Be Delayed Past December, Nigerian Minister Tells UN

New York, Sep 25 2006 6:00PM

Elections in the divided West African nation of Côte d’Ivoire are unlikely to take place next month as scheduled, but if they are not staged before the end of this year then the Security Council must be ready to intervene and impose heavy sanctions on those causing the delays, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today.

Speaking during the annual debate, U. Joy Ogwa – in an address delivered on behalf of President Olusegun Obasanjo – welcomed recent efforts by the Ivorian parties and urged them to “remain steadfast in their commitment in order to ensure that the peace process remains on course.

But she also said the timetable for elections has been delayed and warned that it must not be further postponed. “It is now doubtful that elections can take place in October [but they] must not be allowed to be frustrated beyond 31 December.”

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is set to tackle the issue, she noted, but warned that if this effort does not succeed, “a resolution of the Security Council will become necessary to impose heavy sanctions on all culprits and their relations.”

She also decried the proliferation of arms in West Africa and hailed the fact that ECOWAS had adopted a landmark Convention on Small Arms this June. This stood in contrast to the inability of the UN to agree on the issue, she said, voicing “deep disappointment that the first UN Review Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons failed to agree on a final document, including a similar ban on arms suppliers to non-State actors.

Joining Nigeria in this call was the Foreign Minister of Gabon, Jean Ping. He said the 2001 Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons, in All its Aspects had represented a “major breakthrough” but further action is needed.

“We do regret though that the Review Conference held in July ended in failure,” he said. “Despite this we need to continue implementation of that programme as well as the international instrument on tracing and marking small arms and light weapons,” he added, calling also for negotiations leading to the adoption of a similar pact `n brokering of such weapons.

The Foreign Minister of the Central African Republic, Cöme Zoumara, said the proliferation of small arms and light weapons was a blight exacerbating the problems in the country, which bordered Sudan and Chad.

The Central African Republic was working to address the rebellion in the north-east of its territory – the border area – but the problems there were endemic, he said. The rebels were organizing ambushes in the region and the armed forces deployed there faced numerous obstacles.


© 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