13 May 2003
The Security Council adopts its resolution
1479 establishing the United Nations Mission in Côte d'Ivoire
23 June 2003
The group of 26 military liaison officers authorized for the initial
deployment under Security Council resolution 1479 (2003) is deployed
to Côte d'Ivoire.
26 June – 5 July 2003
The Security Council mission visits Guinea-Bissau (27 and 28 June),
Nigeria (28 and 29 June), Ghana (29 and 30 June) and Côte
d’Ivoire (30 June-2 July). The mission suggests (S/2003/688)
that MINUCI pays serious attention to the important lessons learned
from a similar experience in Sierra Leone.
23 September 2003
Forces Nouvelles, one of the armed opposition groups, walks out
of the Government of National Reconciliation which was created under
the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement signed on 23 January 2003 by all
Ivorian political forces. The Secretary-General calls upon this
group to resume participation in the Government and to seek solutions
to their grievances through dialogue and through the good offices
of the Monitoring Committee, which oversees the implementation of
the Marcoussis Agreement under the leadership of the Special Representative
of the Secretary General, Albert Tevoedjre.
3 October 2003
Security Council members express
concern that implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement has
been slowed and that sporadic violence has erupted and call on all
parties in Côte d'Ivoire, particularly the Forces Nouvelles,
to adhere to the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement.
13 November 2003
The Security Council extends (resolution
1514) MINUCI’s mandate for three months until 4 February
24 November 2003
A ministerial delegation from the Economic Community of West African
States (ECOWAS) led by the Foreign Minister of Ghana, Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo
arrives at the UN Headquarters and conveys an appeal from the sub-regional
organization to the Security Council to consider strengthening the
ECOWAS forces in Côte d’Ivoire (ECOMICI) and transforming
them into a United Nations peacekeeping force; The Secretary General
informs the Security Council of his intention to dispatch an assessment
mission to Côte d’Ivoire to collect the necessary information
on the ground.
3 –11 December 2003
A multi-departmental assessment mission headed by Mr. Hédi
Annabi, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations,
visits Côte d’Ivoire.
4 December 2003
The Security Council expresses
grave concern over the attempts on the part of “armed elements”,
observed on November 29 and 30 by ECOWAS and French forces, to cross
the ceasefire line, and by the serious consequences that could arise
as a result.
5 December 2003
In his report (S/2003/1147)
on implementation of the recommendations of the Security Council
mission to West Africa, the Secretary General expresses his “fervent
hope” that members of the Security Council give full consideration
to the pressing call by ECOWAS leaders for an increase in the troop
strength of MINUCI and for its transformation into a United Nations
7 December 2003
The Forces Nouvelles releases 40 FANCI and police personnel who
have been prisoners of war.
13 December 2003
The FANCI and Forces Nouvelles begin dismantling their checkpoints
and withdrawing heavy weapons from the “zone of confidence”.
22 December 2003
The Forces Nouvelles announces that it has decided to end its boycott
of the Government.
6 January 2004
Forces Nouvelles, for the first time since September 2003, take
part in the meeting of the Côte d’Ivoire Council of
Ministers. The Secretary-General welcomes
this fact and expresses hope that the return of the Forces Nouvelles
to the Government will give fresh impetus to the peace process.
The Secretary-General recommends (S/2004/3)
that should the parties make progress by February 4 2004, the Security
Council should consider authorizing the deployment of a UN peacekeeping
4 February 2004
The Security Council extends
MINUCI's mandate until 27 February 2004 and renews until the same
date its authorization of the West African (ECOMICI) and the French
(Licorne) peacekeeping forces for their present deployment in Côte
d'Ivoire. The Council also requested the Secretary-General, pending
a decision on the reinforcement of the United Nations presence in
Côte d’Ivoire, to prepare the deployment of a possible
peacekeeping operation within five weeks after such a decision by
13 February 2004
The military leaders of MINUCI, UNMIL and UNAMSIL meet in Abidjan,
Côte d'Ivoire to coordinate their operations and strengthen
sub-regional cross-border security. Military coordination among
the three peacekeeping missions has included measures to promote
the easy exchange of information, greater coordination and rapid
intervention when necessary.
27 February 2004
The Secretary-General tells
the Security Council that the Ivorian parties have taken some significant
steps in the right direction and the deployment of a UN peacekeeping
mission will show “that the international community is determined
to support this progress and to help ensure that there is no turning