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President Deiss meets with the Permanent Representative of Côte d’Ivoire;
receives a message on Libya from President Museveni of Uganda

New York, 11 April 2011

Côte d’Ivoire

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, met today with H.E. Mr. Youssoufou Joseph Bamba, the Permanent Representative of Côte d'Ivoire to the United Nations in New York.

Relaying a message from H.E. Mr. Alassane Dramane Ouattara, President of Côte d'Ivoire, to the President of the General Assembly, Ambassador Bamba briefed President Deiss on the latest developments, following the arrest earlier today of Mr. Laurent Gbagbo, the country’s outgoing president. Ambassador Bamba stressed that Mr. Gbagbo and his wife are well protected and would not be harmed. The Permanent Representative of Côte d’Ivoire added that the restoration of the rule of law, humanitarian access to and relief for those affected by the conflict as well as justice and reconciliation were at the top of President Ouattara’s priorities. He also stated that the Government of Côte d’Ivoire supports the establishment of an international commission of inquiry regarding human rights abuses that have been committed, no matter which side alleged perpetrators belong to. He added that human rights, good governance, transparency and accountability will now constitute the guiding principles of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.

President Deiss thanked Ambassador Bamba for briefing him promptly after today’s developments in Côte d'Ivoire. The President of the General Assembly deplored and strongly condemned human rights abuses and attacks against civilians. He underlined the importance of reconciliation and hoped that the international community will assist Côte d’Ivoire as the country now faces the challenge of healing and reconstruction.

Libya

The President of the General Assembly met with H. E. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations. Ambassador Rugunda handed over to President Deiss a message on the situation in Libya from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda.