Reconciliation continues in Côte d'Ivoire, says top UN envoy

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The process of reconciliation is continuing in Côte d'Ivoire with hundreds of people who had voluntarily gone into exile now returning to participate in the rebuilding of the country.

That's what the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Côte d'Ivoire, Aichatou Mindaoudou said during her briefing to the Security Council on Monday.

The West African country is recovering from the political crisis and violence that followed the refusal of former President Laurent Gbagbo to concede defeat in the 2010 presidential election.

Ms. Mindaoudou said that President Alassane Outtara continues to reach out to members of the former government, underscoring that each Ivorian has a role to play in the future of the country.

"Upon his request, several hundreds of people who were voluntarily exiled have returned to the country, among those high officials of the former government of Laurent Gbagbo. The government has also continued to undertake important measures to ease tensions with the former party in power, the FPI, providing provisional freedom to those who are still in detention as well as unfreezing banking accounts for those close to the former government."

The top United Nations envoy in Côte d'Ivoire told the Security Council that the country is on the road to long-term stability.

She said the progress achieved has allowed for the withdrawal of 1,700 peacekeepers as requested by the Council, adding that the next reduction should be done with caution, keeping in mind the forthcoming elections in 2015.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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