Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1572 (2004) concerning Côte d'Ivoire


The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1572 (2004) concerning Côte d'Ivoire was established on 15 November 2004 to oversee the relevant sanctions measures and to undertake the tasks set out by the Security Council in paragraph 14 of the same resolution.


The sanctions regime and the mandate of the Committee have been modified by subsequent resolutions, most notably Security Council resolutions 1584 (2005) and 1643 (2005). The regime was renewed until 30 April 2014 by paragraph 1 of resolution 2101 (2013), which was adopted on 25 April 2013.  


By resolution 2101 (2013), the Security Council stressed that the sanctions measures aim at supporting the peace process in Côte d’Ivoire with a view to possibly further modifying or lifting all or part of the remaining measures, in accordance with progress achieved in relation to DDR and SSR, national reconciliation and the fight against impunity.


The sanctions measures currently in effect are summarized in the table below.


Measure Description (unofficial) In effect until Exceptions to the measure

Arms Embargo

All States shall take the necessary measures to prevent the supply to Côte d’Ivoire of arms and related materiel.

30 April 2014

Set out in paragraph 8 of resolution 1572 (2004).

Travel ban




Consolidated Travel Ban and Assets Freeze List

All States shall take the necessary measures to prevent the entry into or transit through their territories of individuals designated by the Committee for inclusion on its consolidated travel ban and assets freeze list on the basis of the criteria summarized in paragraph 12 of 1727 (2006)

30 April 2014

Set out in paragraph 10 of resolution 1572 (2004). Information regarding exemptions, as well as on procedures for requesting delisting can be found in the Committee’s Guidelines
 

Assets freeze




Consolidated Travel Ban and Assets Freeze List

Decides that all States shall freeze without delay funds, other financial assets and economic resources owned or controlled by individuals and entities designated by the Committee for inclusion on its consolidated travel ban and assets freeze list on the basis of the criteria summarized in paragraph 12 of 1727 (2006)

30 April 2014

Set out in paragraph 12 of resolution 1572 (2004).
Information regarding exemptions, as well as on procedures for requesting delisting can be found in the Committee’s Guidelines

Diamond sanctions

All States shall take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect import of all rough diamonds from Côte d’Ivoire to their territory. 

30 April 2014

Set out in paragraphs 6 of resolution 1643 (2005) and 16-17 of resolution 1893 (2009).

Exemptions

By virtue of paragraph 3 of resolution  2101 (2013), the arms embargo does not apply to supplies for the support or use by UNOCI and the French forces (paragraph 3 (a)); as well as to supplies of protective clothing exported to Côte d'Ivoire by UN personnel, media representatives, humanitarian and development workers, for their personal use (paragraph 3 (c)).

If the Committee is notified in advance by the Ivorian authorities, the arms embargo also does not apply to: supplies of non-lethal military equipment intended solely for humanitarian or protective use (paragraph 3 (b) of resolution 2101); supplies temporarily exported to Côte d`Ivoire to the forces of a State which is taking action, in accordance to international law, solely and directly to facilitate the evacuation of its nationals and those for whom it has consular responsibility in Côte d’Ivoire (paragraph 3 (d)), and to: supplies of non-lethal law enforcement equipment intended to enable the Ivorian security forces to use only appropriate and proportionate force while maintaining public order (paragraph 3 (e)).

The Committee may decide to approve exemptions for exports to Côte d'Ivoire of supplies of arms and other related lethal equipment to the Ivorian security forces, intended solely for support of or use in the Ivorian process of the Security Sector Reform (paragraph 3 (f)) of resolution 2101 (2013).

By paragraph 4 of resolution 2101 (2013), the Council decided that for any shipment of arms in compliance with paragraph 3 (f), Ivorian authorities should request an approval in advance to the Committee. The Council also decided that, for shipments of items referred to in paragraph 3 (e) of resolution 2101 (2013), the Member State delivering assistance may, in the alternative, make this notification after informing the Government of Cote d’Ivoire that it intend to do so.

Exemptions from these measures can be requested from the Committee pursuant to paragraphs 12 and 14 of resolution 1572 (2004). The procedure to request such exemptions, as well as listing and de-listing procedures can be found in the Committee’s guidelines for the conduct of its work.


On 7 February 2006, the Committee approved the list of individuals and entities subject to the measures imposed by paragraphs 9 and 11 of resolution 1572 (2004) (the consolidated travel ban and assets freeze list), which is maintained and regularly updated by the Committee.
On 30 March 2011, by paragraph 12 of resolution 1975 (2011), the Security Council decided to adopt targeted sanctions against five new individuals whose names were subsequently included in the list of individuals and entities subject to the measures imposed by paragraphs 9 and 11 of resolution 1572 (2004).


By paragraph 10 of resolution 1980 (2011), the Council underlined that it is fully prepared to impose targeted measures against persons, to be designated by the Committee, who are determined to be: a threat to the peace and national reconciliation process in Côte d'Ivoire; responsible for attacking or obstructing the actions of UNOCI, the French forces and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Côte d’Ivoire; obstacles to the freedom of movement of UNOCI and the French forces; as well as for serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, for inciting public hatred and violating the arms embargo. The current Chair of the Committee, for the period ending 31 December 2014, is His Excellency Mr. Octavio Errázuriz (Chile). The two Vice-Chairs for 2014 are Australia and Rwanda.


The Committee publishes annual reports of its activities and its Chair briefs the Security Council following each meeting of the Committee. The latest press releases of the Committee's work can be found here.


Formal and informal meetings of the Committee are announced in the Journal of the United Nations.
The Committee is supported by a Group of Experts originally established by resolution 1584 (2005) for a period of six months, with the mandate to, inter alia, monitor the effectiveness of the sanctions regime, in cooperation with UNOCI. The Group of Experts has been re-established or its mandate has been extended for additional periods by resolutions 1632 (2005), 1643 (2005), 1708 (2006), 1727 (2006), 1761 (2007), 1782 (2007), 1842 (2008), 1893 (2009), 1946 (2010), 1980 (2011), 2045 (2012) and 2101 (2013). The reports of the Group of Experts can be found here. Under the current mandate, the Group of Experts is due to report to the Security Council in writing, through the Committee, by 15 October 2013 and by 15 April 2014.