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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly

New York, 14 January 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 new Permanent Representative of Côte d'Ivoire to the United Nations in New York.

On 23 December 2010, the General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution submitted by the Credentials Committee, which inter alia, recommended the endorsement of Ambassador Bamba as the Permanent Representative of Côte d'Ivoire. In this regard, Ambassador Bamba, on behalf of H.E. Alassane Dramane Ouattara, President of Côte d’Ivoire, expressed his gratitude to the General Assembly.

Ambassador Bamba briefed President Deiss on the situation in Côte d’Ivoire.

The President of the General Assembly expressed his deep concern about the deteriorating situation on the ground. He deplored and strongly condemned human rights abuses and attacks against civilians, United Nations personnel as well as peacekeepers and their equipment, by forces and supporters loyal to Mr. Laurent Gbagbo.

The President of the General Assembly took the opportunity of this meeting to also commend the leadership of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as the determination of Member States and the international community in favor of legitimacy and democracy in Côte d’Ivoire.