UN votes to reduce peacekeepers in Ivory Coast

United Nation Security Council votes to reduce numbers of peacekeepers in Ivory Coast following decision on political stability

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A UN peacekeeping force soldier patrols as he guards an area where severals wells containing the remains of massacred civilians were found, in Duekoue, west Ivory Coast

The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Wednesday to decrease the number of UN peacekeepers in the Ivory Coast, considering the present stability of the country.   

The Council took the decision of reducing the number of the UN peacekeepers to 4,000 from 5,437 by the end of March this year.            

The move came after Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s election victory for a second five-year term in October last year.

Ouattara’s government had received credit for reviving the economy of the world’s top cocoa producing country, which has grown by an average of about 9 percent over the past four years.

The presidential election has key importance for the West African country which is trying to overcome a history of electoral violence.

In 2011, Ivory Coast experienced a political uprising following a brief civil war ignited by former President Laurent Gbagbo's denial to concede Ouattara's victory in an election in late 2010.   

TRTWorld and agencies