Main points of I. Coast draft UN resolution

25th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Following are the main points of a draft resolution presented Friday by France and Nigeria on the Ivory Coast:

The Security Council:

-- Expressing grave concern about the recent escalation of violence in the Ivory Coast and the risk of relapse into civil war and urging all parties to show utmost restraint to prevent such outcome and to resolve their differences peacefully;

-- Reaffirming the responsibility of states to protect civilians and reiterating that parties to armed conflicts bear the primary responsibility to take all feasible steps to ensure the protection of civilians and facilitate the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian assistance and the safety of humanitarian personnel;

-- Considering that the attacks currently taking place in Cote d'Ivoire against the civilian population could amount to crimes against humanity;

-- Condemns the decision of Mr. Laurent Gbagbo to reject the overall political solution proposed by the high-level panel put in place by the African Union, and urges him to immediately step aside in the supreme interest of the Ivorian people;

-- Reiterates its firm condemnation of all violence committed against civilians, including women, children and foreign nationals, and other violations and abuses of human rights, in particular enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, killing and maiming of children and rapes and other forms of sexual violence;

-- Calls upon all parties to fully cooperate with the independent international commission of inquiry put in place by the Human Rights Council on 25 March 2011, and requests the Secretary-General to transmit this report to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court;

-- Decides to adopt targeted sanctions against individuals and reaffirms its intention to consider further measures, as appropriate;

Targeted with sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans:

-- Laurent Gbagbo, former Ivory Coast president, for obstructing peace and reconciliation and rejecting the results of presidential elections;

-- Simone Gbagbo, chair of the parliamentary faction of the Popular Ivorian Front, for obstructing peace and reconciliation, and publicly inciting hate and violence;

-- Desire Tagro, secretary general of Gagbo's so-called "presidency," for rejecting the results of the presidential elections;

-- Pascal Affi N'Guessan, chair of the Popular Ivorian Front, for obstructing peace and reconciliation, and inciting hate and violence.

-- Alcide Djedje, close adviser to Gbagbo, for obstructing peace and reconciliation and publicly inciting hate and violence.

© 2011 AFP

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