5700th Meeting (AM)
The Security Council this morning extended until 31 October 2007 the mandate of the Group of Experts monitoring the ban imposed on Côte d'Ivoire concerning the trading of arms and rough diamonds.
Unanimously adopting resolution 1761 (2007) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council noted that the ban itself had previously been extended until the same date by resolution 1727 of December 2006. The text of the resolution adopted today requests the Panel of Experts to report to the Council on the implementation of the trade ban before 15 October 2007.
Imposed in 2004, the sanctions are aimed at stemming the civil conflict in Côte d'Ivoire, which is divided into rebel-held northern and Government-controlled southern zones.
The meeting opened at 10:19 a.m. and closed at 10:21 a.m.
The full text of resolution 1761 (2007) reads as follows:
"The Security Council,
"Recalling its previous resolutions concerning the situation in Côte d'Ivoire, in particular resolution 1727 (2006) of 15 December 2006, and the relevant statements of its President,
"Recalling the final report (S/2007/349) of the Group of Experts whose mandate has been extended pursuant to resolution 1727 (2006),
"Determining that the situation in Côte d'Ivoire continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security in the region,
"Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
"1. Decides to extend the mandate of the Group of Experts, as set out in resolution 1727 (2006), until 31 October 2007, and requests the Secretary-General to take the necessary administrative measures;
"2. Requests the Group of Experts to submit a written update to the Council, through the Committee established by paragraph 14 of resolution 1572 (2004), before 15 October 2007, on the implementation of the measures imposed by paragraphs 7, 9 and 11 of resolution 1572 (2004) and paragraphs 4 and 6 of resolution 1643 (2005) with recommendations in this regard;
"3. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter."
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