UN keeps Ivory Coast peacekeeper reinforcements
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Last Updated: Friday, May 13, 2011, 23:52
  
United Nations: The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Friday to keep the 10,000 strong UN peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast while the new government regains control of the West African country.

After the victory of internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara in a deadly power struggle with Laurent Gbagbo, the Security Council extended the peacekeeping force's mandate until July 31.

In that time, a UN mission will draw up recommendations on Ivory Coast's longer term security needs.

The UN sent in hundreds of reinforcements as unrest erupted after the November 28 presidential election, in which incumbent Gbagbo refused to acknowledge his defeat. They will stay at least for the new extension.

Ivory Coast's UN ambassador, Youssoufou Bamba, told the Security Council the country "is gradually emerging from this crisis." But he added that the security situation remains "volatile."

PTI


First Published: Friday, May 13, 2011, 23:52


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