Expected Council Action
The Council expects a report from the Secretary-General in early September on publication of the provisional electoral list of Côte d’Ivoire. It was not known at press time whether this will take the form of an oral or written communication. While no Council action is envisaged at this time, a meeting of the Council might be prompted if this report were to highlight developments of concern (e.g. the possibility of further electoral delays).
Key Recent Developments
On 30 July, in resolution 1880, the Council requested for the Secretary-General to provide an update on developments. This signalled stronger resolve to keep the issue under close scrutiny and to press Ivorian political leaders to adhere to the political timetable in the lead-up to the 29 November 2009 presidential elections. It emphasised that political actors were “bound to” respect the current electoral timeline, reiterated its preparedness to impose targeted sanctions against detractors, and expressed its “conviction that any postponement of the elections of 29 November would be inconsistent with a credible process”.
Resolution 1880 also extended the mandate of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) until 31 January. The Council expressed its intention to review the situation and, possibly, the mandate of UNOCI by 15 October.