Breaking News

Asia Today ISSN 1861-4604 Thursday, October 18, 2018


UN withdraws Ivory Coast peacekeeping mission, lifts arms embargo

UNSC decided to lift its 12-year arms embargo

Share on Facebook April 30, 2016, Reporter : Big News Network, Reader : 724


ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has reportedly passed an uncontested resolution on April 28 to conclude its peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast by 2017.> Big News Network

The mission was sanctioned in 2004 following the outbreak of a civil war between 2002 and 2003 due to an attempted coup.

Further, the UNSC also decided to lift its 12-year arms embargo that sanctioned against the export of weaponry and dual-use items as well as a travel ban and asset freeze on six individuals.

Reports state that the decision is a welcome indication of the West African nation’s steady progress towards “lasting peace, stability and economic prosperity.”

A statement released by the UNSC further added that 6,900 uniformed personnel are expected to leave Ivory Coast by April 30, 2017, allowing the UNSC a further two months to completely wrap up the peacekeeping mission by June 30, 2017.

The country reportedly had a close brush with a potential civil war in 2011 when the then-president Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat after losing a presidential runoff vote in 2010. However, Gbagbo has been arrested and is being tried before the International Criminal Court for allegedly being involved in violence that left 3,000 people dead after the elections.

It has been acknowledged by the UNSC that the country is progressing away from its bloody past and, according to the Economist, is Africa’s second fastest-growing economy.

Ivory Coast's U.N. Ambassador Claude Bouah-Kamon has reportedly announced that the Ivory Coast government now plans to work towards the modernisation of the military and overhaul related laws.

More Euro Asia news of the month

Photos ‘Trump’s presidency fueled growth of U.S. hate groups’

WASHINGTON, U.S. - According to an assessment released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of U.S. hate groups expanded last...

Photos Facebook responds to Russia probe: Will verify ad buyers

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - In its response to the intensifying Russia probe being led by Congressional committees and Special Counsel Robert...

Photos Massive 7.2 magnitude quake rocks Mexico, affecting millions

MEXICO CITY, Mexico - A massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico’s southern Pacific Coast on Friday, leaving millions...

Photos Should Melania ‘leave’ Donald Trump? See what polls say

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb 17 (ANI): Not all seems to be well with the Trumps if US-based poll numbers are to be believed. Over a...

Photos Florida school shooting: Police hunt for bomb, multiple dead

FLORIDA, U.S. - Several casualties have been reported in a shooting incident that rattled a high school in Parkland, Florida, just...

Photos Trump tell-all? President's lawyer confirms paying porn star

WASHINGTON, U.S. - After U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyer admitted that he paid the adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in...

Photos White House in chaos after FBI shifts blame in Porter case

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Amid a controversy that has engulfed the White House for close to two weeks now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation...

Photos Trump Jnr’s wife hospitalized after opening suspected letter

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Late on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law and Donald Trump Jnr’s wife Vanessa Trump...

Photos Rachel Brand, third-highest ranking DoJ official steps down

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Another top ranking official at the Justice Department has announced plans to leave the department - at a time of...

Flying Reimagined

Stock Index

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Life Style

Photo Gallery