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Life in Cote d'Ivoire Slowly Returns to Normal

May 3, 2011 3:47 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The U.N. Security Council renewed its long-standing trade ban on diamonds from Cote d'Ivoire this past week, extending sanctions through April 30, 2012. However, the Security Council agreed such a ban could be modified or lifted earlier, depending upon progress made in the country's peace process.  It also requested the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) communicate information on the production and illicit export of diamonds from the country. The Council renewed exemptions related to the securing of samples of rough diamonds for scientific research.

By resolution 1980 (2011), adopted unanimously under chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Security Council agreed to review measures again no later than October 31, 2011.

Following months of violence and political conflict in Cote d'Ivoire as the result of its former President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to concede defeat to President-elect Alassane Ouattara,  the Security Council  expressed deep concern at the presence of mercenaries still in the country. The U.N.  called upon the authorities of Côte d’Ivoire and neighboring Liberia to coordinate their action to solve that issue.

A U.N. group of experts monitoring Cote d'Ivoire will continue their operation and would submit a midterm report to the sanctions committee by October 15, and a final report, as well as recommendations to the Council, 15 days before the end of its mandated period, on the implementation of such measures. 

Speaking after the adoption, Youssoufou Bamba, representing Côte d’Ivoire, said the extension of the sanctions until 2012 was necessary to consolidate the “end of the state of belligerence” his people had suffered during the past four months.  "Indeed, Ivoirians wished to achieve socio-economic development in a climate of peace and security — and did not want that work to be compromised by illicit arms flows," he added.

Two weeks after Gbagbo resigned to defeat,  “life in Côte d’Ivoire is coming back to normal, gradually but surely,” he said.  President Ouattara was  now dealing with urgent matters to improve daily life, including the restoration of public order and security, and especially in the economic capital of Abidjan.

Bamba said the last bastions of insecurity had been stopped in Abobo and Yopougon, and the gendarmerie had resumed its work despite logistical problems.  Moreover, the humanitarian situation had improved, with free care and medicine given at hospitals and more freedom of movement for humanitarian organizations.  The government was removing corpses, cleaning the streets and helping people return to their homes.  Water and electricity had been restored throughout the country.  Large banks had reopened, notably to pay salaries for the months of March and April. Schools had been reopened and teachers were “getting back down to business” after classrooms had been looted.

The most significant challenge was national reconciliation he said, given the country’s “scarred social tissue” and “injured national cohesion.”  In the coming weeks, President Ouattara would establish a truth and reconciliation commission, similar to that created in South Africa after the fall of Apartheid, to bring justice to victims and their families he said, adding that a pardon also might be appropriate to lead to that reconciliation.

''Any reconciliation is a process,” he said.  “Ours is part of the emergence of democracy.”  National reconciliation would allow for establishing the rule of law, and President Ouattara would spare no effort to achieve that objective, he stated.  "He looked forward to greeting the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in Côte d’Ivoire, expressing hope that the visit would allow for taking stock of the challenges in peace building, security, reconstruction and national reconciliation."



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