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of Côte d'Ivoire surrenders to forces loyal to elected president
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cote d’Ivoire today confirmed that the country’s
former president Laurent Gbagbo has surrendered to forces loyal
to President-elect Alassane Ouattara and is currently in their
“ONUCI [UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire] is providing protection and security in accordance with its Security Council mandate,” the spokesperson of the Secretary-General told reporters at UN Headquarters.
Côte d'Ivoire has been engulfed by violence since last November, when Mr. Gbagbo refused to step down from power, despite losing a UN-certified and internationally recognized presidential election to Mr. Ouattara.
The Security Council, meanwhile, went into urgent consultations during which it will hear a briefing on the unfolding situation in Côte d’Ivoire from the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy.
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