NATIONAL PRESS REVIEW FOR TUESDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2011
Human rights: an American emissary at UNOCI
Fraternité Matin – The Deputy Special Representative of Secretary- General of the United Nations for Cote d’Ivoire, Arnauld Akodjenou, met on Monday in Abidjan, with the deputy secretary of state in charge of democracy, human rights and work rights at the American State Department. “With Mr. Akodjenou, we have talked about the future role of UNOCI in Ivorian peace process” Mr. Baer said. Talking about the next legislatives, the American emissary said that he hopes that they will take place in a peaceful environment and will be inclusive. Mr. Baer also met with the head of the Human rights division of UNOCI, Guillaume Ngefa. According to the Deputy Secretary of State, they discussed about the importance of the UN mission reports on the state of human rights in Cote d’ivoire. Mr. Baer stressed the fact it was important to improve the state of Human rights in Cote d’Ivoire through trainings and seminars of the Security Forces.
The case of “200 Senegalese soldiers who refuse to go back home unless they are paid”: Hamadoun Touré (UNOCI): “It is the Senegalese government who has to take care of them”
Soir Info – « It is the Senegalese government who has the duty to take care of them. UNOCI does not deal directly with soldiers. We work with the troop providing country ». This is what the spokesman of the UN mission, Hamadoun Touré told us about the 200 Senegalese soldiers who refuse to go back home. According to the UNOCI forces’ spokesmen, Colonel Rais, “The problem was just a problem of misunderstanding. The officer in charge of the soldiers has already resolved it. They will leave on 18 October 2011”. However last week the Senegalese military staff we asked for clarification on the way UNOCI gives bonuses to soldiers. It appears that not only UNOCI “has to take in charge the peacekeepers during their duty period but the bonus must be paid once the soldiers are back in their country at the military airport of Yoff”. For the military staff the soldiers claims for bonus were unrealistic and without any legal basis.
2011 Legislatives: The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has received the first application.
AIP - The Independent Electoral Commission has receive on Monday, the first application according to sources close to the IEC. The document was given to the president of that institution in the presence of UNOCI. The first application was from Diomandé Mamadou of the Panafrican Democratic Rally.
Chérif Ousmane and his soldiers ambushed.
Le Patriote – Is Côte d’Ivoire falling again in violence? We can say yes. Yesterday after the shooting at Agban, the meeting of the JFPI and the taking into custody of Seka Anselme another act of terror happened in Bouake. Commander Cherif Ousmane and his men were ambushed as they were going to Bouake. According to witnesses the commando who attacked the Cherif’s convoy wanted to get Cherif Ousmane himself. His vehicle was riddled with multitude of bullets by his attackers who were waiting for him. One of Cherif Ousmane’s men was shot in the head. As for the commander, he is safe and alive.