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1 July 2010 - Côte d’Ivoire / Extension of UNOCI mandate: Statement by the Spokesman of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

"We welcome the Security Council’s May 30th adoption of Resolution 1933 on Côte d’Ivoire. Adopted unanimously on the basis of a French proposal, this resolution renews and revamps the mandate of the UN operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)—which had remained essentially unchanged since 2007—until December 31.

UNOCI’s efforts are being redefined to help bolster stability in Côte d’Ivoire and to support efforts to provide security for, prepare, and conduct the elections that the country has been awaiting for nearly five years. It could also play a supporting role in the conduct of other tasks related to the peace process. The protection of civilians, while primarily the sovereign responsibility of the Ivorian authorities, is considered fundamental to the work of the peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire.

The Council also reaffirmed the priority it is placing this year on the holding of elections and its attachment to the framework established by the political agreement in Ouagadougou. The political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire will be resolved through the resumption of the electoral process, beginning with the publication of a definitive list of candidates that respects the achievements that have been made. We encourage the Ivoirian authorities to continue their efforts in this regard, with facilitation from President Campaore and UN support."

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