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Posted by African Press International on September 17, 2007

Abidjan (Cote dIvoire) The United Nations Operations in Cote dIvoire (UNOCI) announced Saturday in a statement that a green line (the former buffer zone) is fully established in the country since Friday.

According to this statement, in accordance with the 4th March Ouagadougou political agreement, “the United Nations Operations in Cote dIvoire (UNOCI) dismantled on 14 September, 2007 its last checkpoints and transferred the safety of people and goods in the old buffer zone to the mixed brigades of the Integrated Command Centre “.

This operation ends the complete dismantling process of the buffer zone.

At the same time, UNOCI effectively established the “green line” as from Saturday 15 September, 2007 by setting up seventeen observation posts, as indicated in the Ouagadougou agreement.

“ONUCI is pleased with the implementation of this important part of the political agreement and renews its determination to continue supporting the effective implementation of the agreement”, the release continued.

In addition, “it urges the Ivorian parties to continue joining their efforts for the quick advent of a real and lasting peace”.

Divided into two since 19 September, 2002, Cote dIvoire made new progress towards peace and reunification since the signing of the political agreement on 4 th March in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The suppression of the buffer zone on 16 April, the progressive implementation of the Ouagadougou political agreement, the weapon incineration ceremony on 30 July in Bouake, the Independence Day celebrations throughout the territory on 7 August and the progressive deployment of the administration are seen as positive signs of a positive evolution of the political and security situation in Cote dIvoire

Published by Korir, API*APN africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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