Security Council calls for parties in Côte dIvoire to follow peace accords

In a press statement read by this month’s President of the Security Council, Ambassador John Negroponte of the United States, Council members “urged all Ivorian parties, in particular the Forces Nouvelles, to take all necessary measures to restore confidence.”The Forces Nouvelles last week walked out of the Government of National Reconciliation and cut the main road linking the coastal city of Abidjan and Bouaké, in the central interior.Today’s statement also said Council members “urged all Ivorian parties to implement fully, quickly and faithfully the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, which is the only way of ensuring the recovery of Côte d’Ivoire and bringing about national reconciliation.”The French-brokered Agreement, signed last January, calls on the Government, rebels and political opposition to share power in a transitional government until elections in 2005.Yesterday, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed his “deep concern” over the actions taken by the Forces Nouvelles and urged the group to re-join the Government of National Reconciliation.Today’s statement by the Council members also noted the “positive” accomplishment of goals in the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, including the reopening of the border between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso and the resumption of rail traffic between the two countries.The Council issued the statement after a briefing from the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, Albert Tevoedjre.

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