New York

18 March 2011

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

The Secretary-General is shocked by the firing of mortars, allegedly from a military camp of forces loyal to Mr. Gbagbo, into a market area in the Abobo district of Abidjan on 18 March, which resulted in the killing of at least 25 civilians with more than 40 others wounded.

A UNOCI patrol as well as human rights investigators that went to the area have confirmed that six mortars fired into the market area caused the casualties. The Secretary-General condemns the attack as well as the escalating violence in Abidjan and in the western region of Côte d'Ivoire. He warns the concerned Ivorian parties to bring the violence and related human rights violations to an end without further delay.

The Secretary-General urges the Security Council to take further measures with regard to the Ivorian individuals who are instigating, orchestrating and committing the violence. In the meantime, UNOCI will continue to investigate and record all such violations of human rights and will continue to take the necessary steps to protect the civilian population.