Côte d'Ivoire

Daily brief on Côte d'Ivoire for Monday 16 Apr 2007

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- Official launching of the lifting of the Zone of Confidence

- Installment of the Integrated Command Center in Yamoussoukro

- UN high-level mission continues consultations with Ivorian parties

- UN Human Rights protection cells opened in the North

Zone of Confidence

The OIC of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire, Abou Moussa, today attended the official launching of the process of the lifting of the zone of confidence held in Tiebissou, 285 km of Abidjan and Ngattadolikro 300 km of Abidjan during ceremonies presided over by the Ivoirian Head of state, Laurent Gbagbo, in presence of the newly appointed Prime Minister Guillaume Soro.

The Force Commanders of the Impartial Forces, General Fernand Amoussou (UNOCI) and Antoine Lecerf (Licorne) took part in the event along with their Ivorian counterparts, General Philippe Mangou of the Ivorian Defense and Security Forces (FDSCI) and General Soumaila Bakayoko of the Armed Forces of the Forces Nouvelles (FAFN).

According to a quadripartite Agreement signed on 11 April, the Impartial Forces will vacate the ZOC and be installed in 17 Observation posts across a green line to assure the security of peoples and goods in the area. Mixed FAFN and FDSCI patrols, supported by UNOCI and Licorne Forces will gradually take control of police and gendarmerie functions in the ZOC.

The lifting of the Zone of Confidence by December 2007 is in line with the Ouagadougou Accord signed by President Gbagbo and the Secretary-General of the Forces Nouvelles, Guillaume Soro under the auspices of the Burkinabe President, Blaise Compaoré.

On 15 April, MORBATT provided security to a delegation of the FAFN from Bouake to Tiebissou and to a delegation of the Defense and Security forces of Cote d'Ivoire on the Tiebissou-Ngatta axis.

On the same day, BANBAT-4 provided security to FAFN delegation from Tiebissou to Yamoussoukro.

On 14 April, UNOCI Military observers based in Danane met FAFN Sector Commander Danane and Policie Commisioner of the town to discuss lifting of the ZOC and establishing of Green Line. They also discussed the conduct of mixed patrols with FAFN and FDS-CI in the area.

UN Mission

The United Nations High-level multisectorial mission led by Assistant Secretary-General Hedi Annabi today carried out various consultations with heads of Ivorian institutions. Mr Annabi and his team held talks with the Coordinator of the National Programme for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (PNDDR). They also held separate meetings with the Chairmen of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the National Commission of Statistics and Identification(CNSI).

Human Rights

On 15 April, the Regional Administration of National Education in Odienné inaugurated human rights protection cells at the Sous-préfecture of Tienko as well as in the village of Kimbrela North. These cells created within the framework of a joint programme of the Human Rights Office and the Regional Administration of National Education aim at sensitizing the educational system and the population on human rights issues.

In his opening speech, the Deputy Mayor of Tienko said that the protection and promotion of human rights in the town was the concern of everyone and that the local administration would apply human rights standards to determine the development programmes of the town. To this end, he requested the Human Rights Office to organize human rights awareness training for members of the Cells as well as for employees of the local administration. At Kimbrela North, the Chief of the village welcomed the creation of the protection cells, adding that these cells would be a deterrent factor for the violation of human rights.

On 13 April, the Human Rights Office in Odienné conducted a human rights awareness training for 52 members of Women Association of Tomba in the region of Odienné. The session focused on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.