UN withdraws Ivory Coast peacekeeping mission, lifts arms embargo

uni1461937993{BNN/ ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has reportedly passed an uncontested resolution on April 28 to conclude its peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast by 2017.

The mission was sanctioned in 2004 following the outbreak of a civil war between 2002 and 2003 due to an attempted coup.

Further, the UNSC also decided to lift its 12-year arms embargo that sanctioned against the export of weaponry and dual-use items as well as a travel ban and asset freeze on six individuals.

Reports state that the decision is a welcome indication of the West African nation’s steady progress towards “lasting peace, stability and economic prosperity.”

A statement released by the UNSC further added that 6,900 uniformed personnel are expected to leave Ivory Coast by April 30, 2017, allowing the UNSC a further two months to completely wrap up the peacekeeping mission by June 30, 2017.

The country reportedly had a close brush with a potential civil war in 2011 when the then-president Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat after losing a presidential runoff vote in 2010. However, Gbagbo has been arrested and is being tried before the International Criminal Court for allegedly being involved in violence that left 3,000 people dead after the elections.

It has been acknowledged by the UNSC that the country is progressing away from its bloody past and, according to the Economist, is Africa’s second fastest-growing economy.

Ivory Coast’s U.N. Ambassador Claude Bouah-Kamon has reportedly announced that the Ivory Coast government now plans to work towards the modernisation of the military and overhaul related laws.

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