Ban Ki-moon welcomes Côte d’Ivoire’s new constitution

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during at the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 08 April 2016 (EPA).

The UN secretary-general stressed the importance of resolving the conflict through constitutional means.

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon welcomed on Thursday the announcement of the adoption of the new constitution in Côte d’Ivoire by the Commission Electorale Indépendante, which followed the October 30 constitutional referendum.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ki-moon noted with satisfaction that the new constitution addressed some of the long-standing causes of tension and divisions in Côte d’Ivoire.

Further to the statement, all Ivorian parties, including political leaders and their supporters, were encouraged to reject violence and refrain from the use of inflammatory language.

The secretary-general stressed the importance of resolving the conflict through constitutional means, through dialogue, leading to fair and open elections in the weeks ahead.

Ki-moon also assured, through his special representative and head of the UN operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), that the UN was highly committed to maintaining peace and stability in Côte d’Ivoire.




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