UN seeks to boost peacekeeping troops as Côte d’Ivoire crisis continues

The United Nations is seeking up to 2,000 additional troops for its peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire.

Peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire

Peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire

The refusal of the outgoing president to step down despite his opponent’s electoral victory has sparked fears of renewed civil war.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

A request will be sent by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Security Council next week for between 1,000 and 2,000 additional forces for the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, known as UNOCI.

The 9,000-strong force has been supporting efforts over the past seven years to reunify the West African country, split by civil war in 2002.

The incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, had asked for UNOCI to leave the country, but the commitment to more troops, has demonstrated the resolve of the UN to make sure that Côte d’Ivoire does not return to civil war

The UN has reported that 31 people have died under suspicious circumstances in the past week, with 17 new cases of forced disappearances.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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