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Cablegate: Cote D'ivoire: Presidential Statement

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UNCLAS STATE 100175

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KPKO IC
SUBJECT: COTE D'IVOIRE: PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT

1. (U) USUN is authorized to join consensus on issuance of a
Presidential Statement on September 29, expressing concern at
delays in preparations for the November 29 presidential and
parliamentary elections in Cote d'Ivoire, and urging the
Ivorian parties to respect their commitment to the electoral
timeline. Mission should consult with Washington if there
are any substantive changes to the text of the Statement
(paragraph 2).

2. (U) Begin text:

(1) The Security Council reiterates its full support to the
Ougadougou political process and to the electoral timeline
endorsed by all the main Ivorian political actors and leading
to the first round of open, free, fair and transparent
presidential elections on 29 November 2009. It commends the
Facilitator, President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, for
his continued efforts to support the peace process in Cote
d'Ivoire.

(2) The Security Council further reiterates its determination
to bring its full support to a credible electoral process and
highlights the importance of an inclusive participation of
the Ivorian civil society. It stresses that it has extended
to this end the mandate and the troop level of the United
Nations Operation in Cte d,Ivoire (UNOCI), most recently in
its resolution 1880 (2009). It further stresses that it
expressed in this resolution its intention to authorize the
Secretary-General to redeploy troops, as may be needed,
between the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and
UNOCI.

(3) The Security Council expresses its concern at the delayed
publication of the provisional voters list, and highlights
that further delays in the publication of the voters list may
put at risk the timeline for open, free, fair and transparent
presidential elections.

(4) The Security Council recalls that the Ivorian political
actors are bound to respect the electoral timeline. It urges
all Ivorian political actors to comply fully with their
commitments, in order for the voters list to be published in
the next weeks in the framework of a transparent and
inclusive process. It recalls that the Special
Representative of the Secretary General will certify the
voters list explicitly.

(5) The Security Council will review the situation by 15
October 2009, consistent with its resolution 1880 (2009). It
expresses its intention to react as appropriate towards those
who would be accountable for blocking the progress of the
electoral process. It further expresses its intention to
launch an active reflection on the future direction of UNOCI
by reviewing its mandate and the benchmarks for a possible
drawdown of the operation by 15 October in light of the
progress of the electoral process. It stresses that UNOCI's
presence in Cote d'Ivoire is temporary.

End text.
CLINTON

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