Press Releases

    26 May 2005

    Security Council Welcomes 14 May Demobilization Agreement for Côte d’Ivoire

    NEW YORK, 25 May (UN Headquarters) -- The following press statement on Côte d’Ivoire was delivered today by Security Council President Ellen Margrethe Løj (Denmark):

    The Security Council welcomes the agreement on the disarmament, demobilization and reinsertion (DDR) process and on the restructuring of the armed forces signed on 14 May 2005 in Yamoussoukro by the National Armed Forces of Côte d’Ivoire (FANCI) and the armed forces of the Forces Nouvelles.

    The Security Council underlines that this agreement constitutes a major progress towards the implementation of the Pretoria Agreement and commends the South African mediation for this new positive step towards peace, unity and stability in Côte d’Ivoire.

    The Council urges the parties signatories to this agreement to fully implement it, so that the DDR process can start without further delay. The Council will monitor its implementation closely, bearing in mind its decisions taken to encourage the parties to pursue the peace process.

    The members of the Security Council call on the international community of donors to provide all necessary financial resources to support the implementation of the DDR programme in Côte d’Ivoire.

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