Security Council hears call for expanded UN peacekeeping mandate in Côte dIvoire

Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad was briefing the Council on Côte d’Ivoire’s latest peace accord, the Pretoria Agreement, negotiated and signed earlier this month in the South African capital, with President Thabo Mbeki mediating on behalf of the African Union (AU).Mr. Pahad said the leaders of the West African country wanted an impartial UN unit to aid the Independent Electoral Commission and the Constitutional Commission during the whole period of preparation for the 31 October elections.Such a unit would help to streamline nationality documents and identity cards and help plan the electoral process, he said.Côte d’Ivoire, long the world’s leading cocoa producer, has been split between the north, held by the rebel Forces Nouvelles, and the south, under the control of the Government’s Defence and Security Forces of Côte d’Ivoire, since a coup attempt against President Laurent Gbagbo failed in 2002 and was turned into an insurgency.The area between them is held by peacekeepers of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and UN-authorized French Licorne forces.The Council also needed to consider deploying a special force under UNOCI to guard the cantonments of the disarmed, demobilized Forces Nouvelles combatants while they were waiting to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into either the national army or their communities, Mr. Pahad said.A 600-strong police force would be needed in the north once the Forces Nouvelles moved into the cantonments, so as not to leave a security vacuum, he added.On the sensitive matter of who would be eligible by nationality to run for the presidency, Mr. Pahad said President Laurent Gbagbo, after certain consultations, would allow the constitutional council to accept candidates presented by the parties that had signed the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement.Senior members of the Forces Nouvelles who had taken ministerial positions and left them were returning to their offices again, he said, and additional measures were being put in place to allow Forces Nouvelles leader Guillaume Soro to return to the country’s major city, Abidjan.South Africa would train protection forces for all Forces Nouvelles ministers, starting on 2 May, he added, and it hoped UNOCI would complement that effort. read more

Cholera incidence in West Africa almost doubles in month – UN health

The UN World Health Organization (WHO), with international and national health partners, is providing technical support to the ministries of health at the country and sub-regional level.The agency is working to strengthen surveillance activities. Supplies for case management and chlorination of water have also been dispatched to some of the countries.The total number of cholera cases recorded in 2005 now stands at 44,979, compared with 24,621 at the end of last month, in the affected countries – Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal. The death toll is now 724, compared to 401.

Filip Lazarov to Politehnica Timisoara

← Previous Story Slovenia without Marguc and SKube in Rio! Next Story → Women’s Youth WCh 2016: Norway VS Denmark – Russia on Brazil Macedonian left back Filip Lazarov will join the third team of Romanian Championship in the last season – Politehnica Timisoara. The 34-years old shooter was a RK Vardar Skopje captain for a long period. He spent his whole career in domestic teams including also RK Metalurg Skopje.With ambitious team from Romania contracts signed also a few Balkan guys, Serbian left wing Filip Marjanovic, Montenegrian right back Marko Simovic, Vuk Milosevic, but also Bosnian goalie Adam Savic and domestic Alexandru Guranescu. filip lazarovRK Vardar Skopje