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PRESS RELEASE
On the Establishment of a UN Mission in Cote d'Ivoire

15.05.2003

Unofficial translation from Russian

On May 13 the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1479 establishing, for the initial period of six months, a United Nations Mission in Cote d'Ivoire (MINUCI). It is the task of the Mission to help guide efforts to implement the Linas-Marcoussis Peace Agreement. The Mission will be made up of a civilian and a military components. The latter will include a military liaison group of 26 military officers with its possible subsequent enlargement to 76.

MINUCI is called upon to cooperate with the peacekeeping operation of France and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), earlier deployed in Cote d'Ivoire with the authorization of the UN Security Council.

This decision is a weighty practical contribution of the UN Security Council to the maintenance of peace in Cote d'Ivoire, which has a great importance for stability in the region of West Africa as a whole. It bears out the capabilities of the UN Security Council to carry out, as part of its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace, the coordinating functions in the domain of peacekeeping in close cooperation with regional organizations on the basis of Chapter VIII of the UN Charter.

Russia will continue to assist the consolidation of the peace process in Cote d'Ivoire within the framework of the UN Security Council, as well as through its direct participation in MINUCI.

May 14, 2003

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