7 February 2006

Secretary-General Expresses Deep Concern about Situation in Côte D'Ivoire, Including Continuing Threats against UN Personnel

NEW YORK, 6 January (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued on 5 February by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is still deeply concerned about the situation in Côte d'Ivoire, as threats continue to be issued against United Nations personnel and plans of violent demonstrations and attacks are being reported. He therefore looks forward to the Security Council's expeditious authorization for a reinforcement of UNOCI's military and police strength, which would contribute to enhancing the mission capacity to address the security challenges in Abidjan.

The Secretary-General has requested the Security Council for a limited emergency transfer of military and police personnel from the United Nations Mission in Liberia to reinforce UNOCI, within the framework of the Council's resolution 1609 (2005) and after careful assessment of the situation in Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire.

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