Press Bulletin of the Embassy of the Russian Federation/



On the Adoption by UN Security Council of a Resolution Concerning Deployment of a Peacekeeping Operation in Cote d'Ivoire

The UN Security Council on February 27 unanimously adopted Resolution 1528 approving, beginning on April 4, 2004, a multifunctional peacekeeping operation of the United Nations in Cote d'Ivoire (MINUCI) for a period of 12 months. The operation will include 6,240 troops, including 200 military observers, as well as 350 civil policemen. The political UN Mission in that country and the contingent of African peacekeepers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be part of the new operation.

The Council also extended the mandate of French forces in the RCI for one year, which will provide support for the UN operation and, if necessary, make their contribution to ensuring security in the MINUCI zone of operation.

The UN peacekeeping operation in Cote d'Ivoire is aimed at helping the Ivorian parties tackle the full spectrum of tasks in the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the country. Provision is made for coordination as part of the operation with the UN missions in Sierra Leone and Liberia so as to most effectively stop illegal cross-border movements of arms and the infiltration of combatants, as well as to develop cooperation with ECOWAS and other international partners in the interest of advancing the peace process in Cote d'Ivoire.

The adoption of this resolution is an important new step forward in developing productive practical cooperation by the UN with regional organizations and interested states in the peacekeeping field in accordance with the United Nations Charter.

Russia, which actively participated in the elaboration of this important decision for peaceful settlement in Cote d'Ivoire, will continue to make a contribution to the successful accomplishment of UN peacekeeping activities in that country.

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