(Translated from the French)
The Security Council has adopted a presidential statement on Côte d’Ivoire : it continues to monitor the situation in that country. As you know the Security Council had set the 29th of November as a date for the presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire. It was not not held, but the Council decided to continue monitoring the situation.
We believe that this delay, however regrettable, is actually due to technical issues, ie to the constitution of a credible electoral list. It is a slow process and we hope that the election will be held in February or March 2010. The Council, by adopting this presidential statement, has sought to prove that it continues to monitor the situation.
As a second step, the issue of renewing the mandate of the UNOCI force will be raised : it has to be renewed in January. At that point we will have to take into account the fact that the election will be held a few weeks, perhaps a few months later, and the mandate of UNOCI will be renewed accordingly.
To summarize, this is a new signal sent to the Ivorian government and all the Ivorian parties, that the Security Council continues to pay great attention to the situation in that country. It is also a signal of confidence: the process is finally going ahead and we hope it will succeed as soon as possible.