13 May 2011 - Security Council - UNOCI/Côte d’Ivoire - Statement by Mr Gérard Araud, President of the Security Council
As the Secretary-General recalls in his most recent letters to the Security Council, the Council’s priority task is to stabilize Côte d’Ivoire.
Reinforcements to Côte d’Ivoire of military helicopters attached to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) play an essential role in this.
The main threats of subregional destabilization are now in Côte d’Ivoire.
It is not the Council’s job to interfere in the management of logistical peacekeeping assets by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
The Council has always supported UNMIL, which should continue to enjoy the resources it needs in the context of the democratic transition that began four years ago following the end of a 10-year crisis.
In that spirit, on 15 June the Security Council must seize the opportunity and modalities for cooperation between UNMIL and the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire.