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6482nd Meeting (PM)
Security Council Authorizes Three-Month Extension of Temporary Redeployment
from Liberia Mission to United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire
The Security Council today authorized a three-month extension of the temporary redeployment of infantry and aviation units from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to the Organization’s Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, known as UNOCI.
Unanimously adopting resolution 1968 (2011), the Council also requested the support of troop- and police-contributing countries in extending the redeployment of the units, specified as three infantry companies, one aviation unit comprising two military utility helicopters and three armed helicopters with crews.
The Council authorized the initial redeployment by adopting resolution 1951 of 24 November 2010 after the Secretary-General requested it to reinforce ONUCI ahead of the presidential run-off election. Following the crisis resulting from the disputed results of that poll, the Council twice extended the temporary measures, the last time on 19 January through resolution 1967 (2011), when it also authorized the redeployment of the armed helicopters and other augmentations to UNOCI.
Today’s meeting began at 3:15 p.m. and ended at 3:17 p.m.
The full text of resolution 1968 (2011) reads as follows:
“The Security Council,
“Recalling its previous resolutions, in particular resolution 1967 (2011), 1962 (2010), 1951 (2010), 1946 (2010), 1942 (2010) and 1933 (2010) and statements of its President relating to the situation in Côte d’Ivoire and in the subregion,
“Recalling the inter-mission cooperation arrangements provided for in paragraphs 4 to 6 of Security Council resolution 1609 (2005) and in paragraph 6 of resolution 1938 (2010), recalling further paragraphs 3 and 4 of resolution 1967 (2011) and paragraph 7 of resolution 1962 (2010),
“Recalling its intention to consider authorizing the Secretary-General to redeploy further troops, as may be needed, between the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) on a temporary basis and mindful of the need to support UNMIL’s ability to carry out its mandate,
“Recalling the letter of the Secretary-General dated 7 January 2011 (S/2011/5) stressing the essential role played by the assets deployed from UNMIL to UNOCI in the current challenging circumstances in Côte d’Ivoire,
“Reaffirming its full support to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Côte d’Ivoire in carrying out his mandate,
“Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
“1. Decides to authorize the Secretary-General, further to paragraphs 3 and 4 of resolution 1967 (2011), paragraph 6 of resolution 1962 (2010), resolution 1951 (2010) and paragraphs 4 and 6 of resolution 1609 (2005), to extend up to three months the temporary redeployment from UNMIL to UNOCI of three infantry companies, one aviation unit comprised of two military utility helicopters and three armed helicopters with crews;
“2. Requests the support of troop- and police-contributing countries in that regard;
“3. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.”
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