5 March 2007
Secretary-General
SG/SM/10896
AFR/1506

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SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES SIGNING OF AGREEMENT, SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION


OF DIALOGUE ON PEACE PROCESS IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General welcomes the successful conclusion of the dialogue on the Ivorian peace process and the signing of an agreement between President Laurent Gbagbo and Guillaume Soro in Ouagadougou on 4 March 2007, under the facilitation of the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Blaise Compaoré.  The Secretary-General commends President Compaoré for his effective facilitation role and assures him and the Ivorian leaders of the commitment and readiness of the United Nations to assist in the implementation of the agreement.


The Secretary-General notes that the Ouagadougou agreement builds upon Security Council resolution 1721 (2006) and previous peace agreements with the aim of resolving the protracted political stalemate.  The Secretary-General is especially pleased to note that the agreement addresses the key issues that had blocked progress on identification of the population, disarmament, reform and restructuring of the armed forces, restoration of State authority throughout the country, reunification of the country and the preparation of the voters list, in order to ensure credible, free and fair elections.


The Secretary-General stresses that this agreement was drawn up by the Ivorian leaders themselves, which places on them a special responsibility to implement it in full and in good faith.  He looks forward to further discussions with President Compaoré and the Ivorian leaders on details of the provisions of the agreement and the role the United Nations is expected to play.


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