Côte d'Ivoire

UN condemns violence during meeting of former ruling party

The United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) strongly condemned today the incidents that left many people injured during a meeting of the former ruling party, the Ivorian Popular Front, which took place in the city of Abidjan.

UNOCI launched an appeal for calm and urged the parties involved to avoid any action that may increase the tension and cause the situation to deteriorate.

In a news release issued by the Mission, UNOCI reiterated its “attachment to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, which are indispensable to democratic life,” and encouraged the Government to take appropriate measures to determine the circumstances surrounding the incidents, as well as identify and arrest those responsible.

The Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of UNOCI Bert Koenders, also reaffirmed the Mission's readiness to assist the Government in the conduct of the investigation to avoid similar incidents from occurring.