New York

02 October 2003

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in Cote d&#39Ivoire

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about recent developments in Côte d'Ivoire, including the decision of the Forces Nouvelles to suspend their participation in the Government of National Reconciliation and in the programme of Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration (DDR), as well as the subsequent blockade of the main road linking Abidjan and Bouaké, which constitute a serious setback in the peace process.

The Secretary-General urges all Ivorian political forces and their leaders to work together to build upon the significant steps already taken towards implementing the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement. In this regard, the Secretary-General hopes that the Ivorian Government will continue to provide the necessary leadership in moving forward the peace process. The Secretary-General calls upon the Forces Nouvelles to resume participation in the Government of National Reconciliation and to seek solutions to their grievances through dialogue and through the good offices of the Monitoring Committee chaired by his Special Representative, Mr. Albert Tevoedjre.