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UN Says ‘Pressing Need’ to Restore Ivory Coast Law and Order

June 30, 2011

(Updates with comment from Choi in second paragraph.)

June 30 (Bloomberg) -- Ivory Coast, the West African nation recovering from a violent post-election crisis, has a “pressing need to restore law and order,” said Young-jin Choi, the United Nations’ special representative in the country.

The UN mission in Ivory Coast will set up eight new military camps in the west of the country before the end of July, Choi told reporters in Abidjan, the commercial capital, today. They will also help the Ivorian government, now led by President Alassane Ouattara, rehabilitate police stations and other offices at a cost of 2 billion CFA francs ($4.4 million), he said.

As many as 3,000 people may have died after Ivory Coast’s November presidential election, according to the International Criminal Court, which is investigating alleged crimes by supporters of both Ouattara and ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to cede power after losing the vote. Gbagbo was captured in Abidjan on April 11 and Ouattara inaugurated on May 21.

Ivory Coast’s administration should deploy police and gendarmerie throughout the country and ensure that “army elements” return to their barracks, Choi said.

Ivory Coast has to “prepare in earnest” for legislative elections, which may be held before the end of the year, Choi said. The country needs to appoint an electoral commission and work on its list of registered voters, he said.

--Editor: Emily Bowers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Olivier Monnier in Abidjan via Accra at ebowers1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.


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