Review of the Ivorian Press, Thursday 6 June 2013
local press continues to highlight the departure to the UN Mission in Mali of
former UN Special Representative, Bert Koenders.
focuses on Mr. Koenders' farewell message to Ivorians in which he expresses
confidence that Cote d'Ivoire is capable of consolidating achievements made in
the last two years.
Administrative authorities and the elites of the greater west region of Cote
d'Ivoire on Tuesday made a commitment to be fully involved in the national
reconciliation and reconstruction process. The pledge was made at a forum
organised by UNOCI.
Nord-Sud, L'Inter, Le Nouveau Reveil, Le Jour Plus, Le Quotidien d'Abidjan:
The national Authority for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (ADDR),
in its quest for a lasting peace in Cote d'Ivoire , organised the destruction
of 20 mortar shells collected from ex-combatants in an operation at its DDR
site in the Anyama neighbourghood of Abidjan. The operation was jointly carried
out by experts of the Ivorian Army (FRCI) and UNOCI after taking precautions to
ensure the safety of the surrounding population.
A joint meeting of the military hierarchy of the Armed Forces of Cote d'Ivoire,
Liberia, UNOCI Force and the UN Force in Liberia has decided to reinforce
security and step up joint military exercises along the Ivorian-Liberian border.
The Prefect of Police in Daloa has been touring police stations under his
jurisdiction to urge security agents to be more vigilant with regard to the
jihadist threat, insecurity and armed robbery that are on the rise in the Haut
Sassandra region. He pointed out the prevailing situation in Mali and Niger and
warned the police to be on their guard.
Patriote Le Nouveau Courrier, Notre Voie:
The Ivorian Popular Front FPI says it is satisfied with the decision of the
International Criminal Court (ICC) to adjourn the confirmation of charges
against its leader, former Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara. It however
expressed surprise that the ICC gave the Prosecutor time to dig up more evidence
against Mr. Gbagbo. FPI interim Secretary-General Richard Kodjo issued a
communique calling on the AU and UN to demand the discharge and acquittal of
Patriote, Nord-Sud, Soir Info, L'Expression:
Victims and relatives of victims of the Ivorian post electoral crisis and
concerned members of civil society gathered at the Adjame town hall in Abidjan
yesterday to vent their indignation and anger at the 'lack of courage' of the
ICC. "What evidence if the ICC looking for? " they ask, adding: "If the ICC
wants Cote d'Ivoire to go up in flames, let it release Laurent Gbagbo." The
victims are organising public demonstrations scheduled to begin on Sunday.
Info, L'Inter, L'Intelligent d'Abidjan LG Infos:
The pro-Gbagbo youth movement COJEP is planning a public meeting on Saturday in
Yopougon district of Abidjan to demand a general amnesty for persons accused of
crimes committed during the post electoral crisis. COJEP promoters believe a
general amnesty would facilitate national reconciliation.
Info, L'Inter, Le Patriote, Le Nouveau Reveil:
French President Francois Hollande yesterday in Paris received the Houphouet
Boigny prize for peace in the presence of Ivorian President Alassane Ouatara and
former Ivorian president Henri Konan Bedie. The UNESCO award was given to the
French President in recognition of French intervention in Mali.