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Security Council supports Ouattara's election
as Côte d'Ivoire's President
Statement by Ambassador Brooke D. Anderson, U.S. Alternate
Representative for Special Political Affairs, in her Capacity
as President of the UN Security Council, on the Situation in
U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, NY
December 8, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The members of the Security Council reiterate their support
for the constructive role of the Secretary-General in Côte
d’Ivoire and stress the important role that the United
Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) under
the leadership of his Special Representative continues to play
under its existing mandate.
The members of the Security Council welcome efforts by the African
Union, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and
countries in the region to assist in preserving peace and stability
in Côte d’Ivoire.
The members of the Security Council welcome the communiqué of
the Chairman of the African Union, the statement of the African
Union Peace and Security Council, and the Final Communiqué of
the December 7th ECOWAS Commission Extraordinary Session of the
Authority of Heads of State and Government on Côte d’Ivoire
held in Abuja, Nigeria. In view of ECOWAS’ recognition
of Mr. Alassane Dramane Ouattara as President-elect of Côte
d'Ivoire and representative of the freely expressed voice of
the Ivorian people as proclaimed by the Independent Electoral
Commission, the members of the Security Council call on all stakeholders
to respect the outcome of the election.
The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest
possible terms any effort to subvert the popular will of the
people or undermine either the integrity of the electoral process
or the free and fair elections in Côte d'Ivoire.
The members of the Security Council support the efforts of the
African Union and ECOWAS in promoting dialogue in Côte
d'Ivoire and call on all Ivorian stakeholders to exercise maximum
restraint and work together to restore sustainable peace and
foster political reconciliation in the country.
The members of the Security Council deplore the suspension of
non-governmental media in Côte d’Ivoire. They recall
the importance that all citizens of Côte d'Ivoire have
full access to pluralistic and diverse information in the media,
and urge the Ivorian authorities to immediately restore equitable
access to State media, as required by paragraph 7 of Resolution
The members of the Security Council reiterate the readiness
of the Security Council to impose targeted measures against persons
who attempt to threaten the peace process, obstruct the work
of UNOCI and other international actors, or commit serious violations
of human rights and international humanitarian law, as required
by paragraph 6 of Resolution 1946 (2010).
The members of the Security Council call on all parties to cooperate
fully in the operations of UNOCI and ensure its freedom of movement.
The members of the Security Council reiterate their support for
UNOCI's work to advance the Ivorian peace process until its successful
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