Côte d'Ivoire

Daily brief on Côte d'Ivoire for Wednesday 11 Apr 2007


- UN high-level mission meets Licorne, multilateral political and banking institutions;

- About 600 persons attend ONUCI information forum in Abidjan neighbourhood;


The high-level UN mission led by Assistant Secretary-General Hedi Annabi, along with senior ONUCI officials had meetings today with representatives of the Forces Licorne , the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and African Development Bank (ADB).

Promotion of the peace process

About 600 persons attended an information and awareness-building forum organized by ONUCI at the Town Hall of the populous Abidjan ward of Adjamé. Chief of Public Information Ms Margherita Amodeo presented a message on behalf of the o.i.c. of ONUCI, Mr Abou Moussa, while representatives of various ONUCI sections explained the mandate and activities of their units. The forum focused on the contribution of ONUCI and the various sectors of Ivorian society to the effort to restore peace in Côte d'Ivoire. Workshops for women, young people, entrepreneurs, and traditional chiefs and other elderly persons resulted in recommendations on ways in which each of these segments of society can contribute to the search for peace.


The chief of the southwestern village of Meneke informed an ONUCI patrol that a group of armed foreigners were carrying out robberies against the population, and that a woman wounded by the group was taken to Tabou for treatment. Villagers said they had informed the National Armed Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FANCI) but had received no response.

A bimonthly security monitoring meeting chaired by the Governor of Moyen Cavally was held yesterday. Pakbatt attended the meeting, which discussed the appointment of the new government, security developments in the area and the calendar of upcoming events.

A Morbatt mobile patrol reported that a woman of foreign origin was attacked with a sharp weapon by villagers in M'Gbedjo, central Cote d'Ivoire, on Sunday night at about 9 pm. An investigation team will be sent to the area.

Two Ivorians, members of the self-defence committee in Brobo, on the edge of the central part of the zone of confidence, reported to the ONUCI forces there that an unknown assailant had fired at committee chief, wounding him slightly. Following the attack, members of the committee set up an illegal checkpoint in the town centre in an effort to find the attacker. More details are expected when an investigating team returns from Brobo.