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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Côte d'Ivoire

New York, 2 June 2005

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack by Ivorian armed elements on the village of Guetrozon near Douékoué in western Côte d'Ivoire on 31 May and 1 June, which has reportedly resulted in the deaths of at least 41 people.

The Secretary-General urges the Ivorian authorities to conduct a full enquiry into the incident and ensure that the perpetrators of the attack are quickly brought to justice. He calls on all parties concerned to refrain from any action that may lead to an escalation of tensions between various communities in Côte d'Ivoire.

Statements on 2 June 2005