UN envoy says 2013 a critical year for Côte d'IvoireListen /
With West Africa facing numerous challenges, Côte d'Ivoire will require sustained support from the Security Council, UN envoy Bert Koenders told the chamber on Thursday.
Mr. Koenders, head of the UN mission in the country (UNOCI), said the Ivorian government will continue to need engagement from partners as it addresses ongoing concerns including land tenure and identity.
"2013 will be a critical year for Côte d'Ivoire and for UNOCI. It will require, hopefully, the strong and sustained support by your Council. In the context of a volatile regional security situation, the stability and the economic success of Côte d'Ivoire is more than ever important to the stability of West Africa." (21 secs)
Koenders said UNOCI has increased vigilance and security preparedness along Côte d'Ivoire's northern border with Mali in response to recent developments in that country.
He added that a mission will travel to Côte d'Ivoire in early February to assess the situation on the ground and assist UNOCI and the government in developing benchmarks for measuring progress.