Côte d'Ivoire

Daily brief on Côte d'Ivoire for Wednesday 04 Apr 2007

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- UNOCI organizes second leg of its Schools Caravan in Adjamé

- FANCI Sous Prefet at Zouan Hounien tells BANBATT he wants to meet with FAFN counterpart in Danane

- PAKBATT provides drinking water to Bangolo residents

- BENINBATT organizes basketball tournament for peace and reconciliation

Schools Caravan

UNOCI's Schools Caravan today met with 2000 school children in Adjamé, a district in Abidjan, to explain the Mission's mandate following the signing of the Ouagadougou Agreement. The students from the Institut Moderne Superieur and Institut Superieur Technique et Commercial asked a variety of questions about the Mission's role in Cote d'Ivoire after listening to presentations from different sections. The Schools Caravan was launched on 14th February 2007, as part of the Mission's initiative to promote peace and reconciliation in Cote d'Ivoire.

Security

UNPOL team which went on patrol to Candapeu village was told by the village chief, that gunshots were heard throughout Sunday night, 1st April to Monday morning 2nd April 2007. On investigating, the team, learnt that the shots had been fired by two armed men who robbed a coffee and cocoa dealer in Bieli (a village not far from Candapleu and Biankouma). The robbers stole a mobile phone, 30,000 CFA and some clothes. The victim, who was hurt during the attack, was taken to Biankouma Hospital for treatment. An UNPOL patrol yesterday went to the hospital to interview him.

BANBATT yesterday reported that the Sous Prefet of Zouan Hounien, Lieutenant Allah has said he wants to meet with the Sector Commander of the Armed Forces of the Forces Nouvelles (FAFN) Captain Eddy to discuss the abolition of the Zone of Confidence.

The dead body of a 24-year-old man named Kabore Aetienne from Guinglo Zia village was yesterday found in Carrefour, a neighbourhood close to Duékoué. According to preliminary reports the man had been murdered by unknown person or persons. PAKBATT, UNPOL and Duékoué Gendarmerie are investigating the incident.

Arms Embargo

Military observers from Bouaké Teamsite along with Licorne soldiers yesterday carried out an arms embargo inspection at the Field Artillery Battalion in the city. On the same day military observers and UNPOL from Abengourou supported by BANBATT carried out another inspection at the Gendarmerie Platoon in Affery.

Humanitarian

PAKBATT peacekeepers yesterday provided safe drinking water for hundreds of people in Bangolo.

Electoral

As part of its assistance to the Ivorian Independent Electoral Commission, a group of UNOCI Electoral Advisers from Korhogo along with UNPOL and NIGERBATT went to Tengrela to identify locations for polling stations. They also made contact with members of the local authorities, NGOs, as well as representatives of political parties to explain the purpose of their visit.

Miscellaneous

UNOCI's Beninois Contingent based in Guiglo has today organised a basketball tournament for peace and reconciliation. The PIO Office in Daloa will be distributing documents on UNOCI as well as t-shirts