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Cablegate: Un/Cote D'ivoire: Council Adopts Resolution 1765


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1. The UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution
1765 (2007) on July 16, renewing the mandate of the UN
Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) until January 15, 2008.
The resolution requests UNOCI to support the implementation
of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement and encourages the
Facilitator, President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso to
continue to support the peace process. It also terminates
the mandate of the High Representative for Elections and
transfers to the Special Representative for the Secretary
General the responsibility for certifying that the electoral
process is "open, free, fair and transparent". Ghana and
South Africa co-sponsored the French-drafted resolution.

2. USUN will report septel the results of the action request
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3. Begin text of Resolution 1765 (2007):

The Security Council,

Recalling its previous resolutions, in particular resolution
1739, and the statements of its President relating to the
situation in Cote d'Ivoire,

Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty,
independence, territorial integrity and unity of Cote
d'Ivoire, and recalling the importance of the principles of
good-neighbourliness, non-interference and regional

Recalling that it endorsed the Agreement signed by President
Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Guillaume Soro in Ouagadougou on 4
March 2007 ("the Ouagadougou political Agreement,"
S/2007/144), and that it has supported the appointment of Mr
Guillaume Soro as Prime Minister,

Paying tribute to the Chairperson of the Economic Community
of West African States (ECOWAS) President Blaise Compaore for
his continued efforts of facilitation of the inter-Ivorian
direct dialogue that enabled in particular the signing of the
Ouagadougou Political Agreement, and to other leaders of the
region, commending and encouraging the continued efforts of
the African Union and ECOWAS to promote peace and stability
in Cote d'Ivoire, and reiterating its full support for them,

Reiterating its strong condemnation of any attempt to
destabilize the peace process by force, in particular the
attack committed on 29 June 2007 in Bouake against the Prime
Minister of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, Mr Guillaume Soro,
that resulted in several deaths, and stressing that the
perpetrators of such criminal acts must be brought to justice,

Having taken note of the report of the Secretary-General
dated 14 May 2007 (S/2007/275),

Reiterating its firm condemnation of all violations of human
rights and international humanitarian law in Cote d' Ivoire,

Recalling its resolutions 1460 (2003) and 1612 (2005) on
children and armed conflict and the subsequent conclusions of
the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed
Conflict pertaining to parties in the armed conflict of Cote
d'Ivoire (S/2007/93), Determining that the situation in Cote
d'Ivoire continues to pose a threat to international peace
and security in the region,

Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,

1. Decides to renew the mandates of the United Nations
Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and of the French forces
which support it until 15 January 2008, in order to support
the organization in Cote d'Ivoire of free, open, fair and
transparent elections within the timeframe set out in the
Ouagadougou political Agreement, and expresses its readiness
to renew them further as appropriate;

2. Endorses the recommendations contained in paragraphs 42
to 72 and 75 to 83 of the report of the Secretary-General
dated 14 May 200, which adapt UNOCI's role to the new phase
of the peace process in Cote d'Ivoire as set out in the
Ouagadougou political Agreement and accordingly requests
UNOCI, within its existing resources, to support the full
implementation of the Ouagadougou political Agreement,
including by supporting the integrated command centre, the

restoration of State administration throughout the country,
the identification and voter registration processes, the
electoral process, persons affected by the conflict, efforts
to create a positive political environment, protection and
promotion of human rights, and the economic recovery process
of Cote d'Ivoire;

3. Calls upon all concerned parties to ensure that the
protection of children is addressed in the implementation of
the Ouagadougou Political Agreement and the post-conflict and
reconstruction and recovery phases, including continued
monitoring and reporting of the situation of women and

4. Also invites the signatories of the Ouagadougou Political
Agreement to take the necessary steps to protect vulnerable
civilian populations, including by guaranteeing the voluntary
return, reinstallation, reintegration and security of
displaced persons, with the support of the United Nations
system, and to fulfill in this regard their commitments in
accordance with the Ouagadougou Political Agreement and their
obligations under international humanitarian law;

5. Expresses its intention to review by 15 October 2007 the
mandates of UNOCI and the French forces which support it, as
well as the level of troops of UNOCI, in the light of the
progress achieved in the implementation of the key steps of
the peace process, and requests the Secretary-General to
provide to it a report on these key steps before this date;

6. Decides to terminate the mandate of the High
Representative for the Elections, decides therefore that the
Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cote
d'Ivoire shall certify that all stages of the electoral
process provide all the necessary guarantees for the holding
of open, free, fair and transparent presidential and
legislative elections in accordance with international
standards, and requests the Secretary-General to take all the
necessary steps so that the Special Representative has at his
disposal a support cell providing him all the appropriate
assistance to fulfil this task;

7. Commends the High Representative for the elections, Mr
Gerard Stoudmann, whose tireless efforts permitted progress
in the implementation of the peace process and the
preparation of the elections;

8. Recalls the importance of the provisions of the
Ouagadougou political Agreement, including paragraph 8.1, and
urges the Ivorian political forces to rely on the mediation
by the Facilitator, for any major difficulty concerning the
electoral process,

9. Supports the establishment, as agreed by the parties at
the meeting of the evaluation and monitoring committee dated
11 May 2007 and the Facilitator, of an international
consultative organ including the Special Representative of
the Secretary-General, the resident coordinator of the United
Nations system, the representatives of the World Bank, the
International Monetary Fund, the European Union, the African
Union, the African Development Bank, ECOWAS and France, to
accompany the Ivorian political forces and the Facilitator in
the implementation of the Ouagadougou political Agreement,
and notes that this organ shall participate in the meetings
of the evaluation and monitoring committee, as an observer,
and may be consulted at any time by the Facilitator;

10. Encourages the Facilitator, President Blaise Compaore, to
continue to support the process to settle the crisis in Cote
d'Ivoire, welcomes his decision to appoint a special
representative in Abidjan to follow up on the Ouagadougou
political Agreement, and requests UNOCI to assist him in the
conduct of the facilitation, including by helping him, as
appropriate and upon his request, to carry out his
arbitration role according to the provisions of paragraph 8.1
of the Ouagadougou political Agreement;

11. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

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