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Posted by African Press International on October 30, 2007

Abidjan (Cote dIvoire) The United Nations Security Council on Monday extended by one year the sanctions on Cote dIvoire, a country trying to overcome a four-year conflict following the signing of the 4 March Ouagadougou Accord.

Through Resolution 1782 unanimously adopted by its members, the UN Security Council extended until 31 October 2008 these sanctions adopted in 2004 and 2005.

These sanctions include an embargo on arms, and travel ban and assets freeze against Charles Ble Goude and Eugene Djue staunch partisans of President Laurent Gbagbo, and the New Forces (FN, ex-rebel) commander Martin Fofie Kouakou in Korhogo.

According to UN, these sanctions will be re-examined in six months on the latest, in light of the progress made in the peace process, particularly when the 4 March Ouagadougou Accord is fully implemented and following free and open presidential and parliamentary polls.

Hailing the beginning of the implementation of the Ouagadougou Accord, the Council urged Ivorian parties to take concrete measures for the identification and registration of voters, for the disarmament, unification of security forces and the restoration of the state authority across the country.

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