Press Releases

                                                                                                                            21 May 2004

    Secretary-General Deeply Concerned by Disturbing Turn of Events in Côte d’ivoire

    NEW YORK, 20 May (UN Headquarters) -- The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the disturbing turn of events in Côte d’Ivoire over the past few days, in particular with regard to the recent announcement by the President of suspension of support to the opposition ministers and the announcement by the Forces Nouvelles that they are withdrawing their remaining staff from Abidjan to Bouaké.

    The Secretary-General wishes to reiterate his appeals to all Ivorian parties to stop mutual recriminations, to implement faithfully their commitments under the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement and to immediately resume political dialogue, with a view to ensuring the effective functioning of the Government of National Reconciliation.  He calls on all parties concerned to desist from any action that may lead to further violence and confrontation, which would have tragic consequences for the people of Côte d’Ivoire and the West African region.

    The Secretary-General urges all parties in Côte d’Ivoire to cooperate with the Monitoring Committee and his Special Representative in the resumption of a meaningful dialogue and the resolution of outstanding issues on the basis of mutual respect and accommodation.

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