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Posted Tue 28 Jun 2011

Côte d’Ivoire Resolution

The Council is expected to adopt a resolution by 30 June extending the temporary re-deployment of three armed helicopters to UNOCI. It seems that the resolution was circulated to Council members last Friday (20 June).

The UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations conducted a military capability study in Côte d’Ivoire from 21 to 29 April and in Liberia from 3 to 6 May. An interdepartmental assessment mission also visited Côte d’Ivoire from 1 to 14 May. Based on these visits, the Secretary-General wrote to the Security Council on 10 June recommending an extension of the redeployment of three armed helicopters to UNOCI and the return of two deployed utility helicopters to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

In July the Council is expected to renew the mandate for UNOCI before the current mandate expires on 31 July. The Secretary-General’s report on UNOCI, recommended extending UNOCI for 12 months at current troop levels, with a midterm review.