UN / COTE D IVOIRE

13-Jan-2016 00:02:20
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire told the Security Council “despite some short-comings, the national police, gendarmerie and armed forces met the challenge” to ensure the peaceful conclusion of the presidential elections last October. UNIFEED-UNTV
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STORY: UN / COTE D’IVOIRE
TRT: 02:20
SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 JANUARY 2016, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

13 JANUARY 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Security Council president holding the gavel
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Aichatou Mindaoudou, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Cote d’Ivoire:
“In the run-up to the 25 October presidential election, I employed my good offices to urge both the Government and opposition parties to resume dialogue, with a view to creating an environment conducive to the holding of a peaceful election, which they did.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Aichatou Mindaoudou, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Cote d’Ivoire:
“Ensuring security during the electoral process was a test for the Ivorian security forces. Despite some short-comings, the national police, gendarmerie and armed forces met the challenge.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Aichatou Mindaoudou, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Cote d’Ivoire:
“UNOCI is ready to implement the elements contained in paragraph 65 of the Secretary-General’s report of 15 May 2014 (S/2014/342). This will entail the further reduction of the UNOCI Force to 4,000 troops by 31 March 2016. A strategic review team will deploy in February for the purpose of developing recommendations on the further downsizing of UNOCI military and police, and the future of the mission, as requested by this Council.”
10. Med shot, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Claude Bouah-Kamon, Permanent Representative of Cote D’Ivore to the United Nations:
“My government considers that the end of 2017 and if necessary 2018, to this end will be a good perfectly implementable time table for the withdrawal of UNOCI. My country is confident that the country teams of the United Nations both by its experience on the ground and by the skills it has is perfectly qualified if necessary to continue residual activities.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council meeting ending
STORYLINE
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire told the Security Council “despite some short-comings, the national police, gendarmerie and armed forces met the challenge” to ensure the peaceful conclusion of the presidential elections last October.

Briefing today (13 Jan) UN 15-member body Aichatou Mindaoudou noted that the national authorities demonstrated their ability to assume responsibility for organizing and safeguarding the voting process. She also added that the security situation in Côte d’Ivoire remained stable.

Given this, Mindaoudou said that the UN Mission in the country (UNOCI) was ready to further reduce its strength to 4,000 troops by the end of March this year.

She also said that a strategic review team will deploy in February to assess the further downsizing of the mission.
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