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Yearbook 2009

Ivory Coast. Despite repeated peace agreements after the civil war of 2002–03, the Ivory Coast also failed in 2009 to return to real peace and a people-elected democratic government. While the rebels in the north in May handed over the administration of the districts they controlled to civilian officials appointed by the unifying government, the disarmament stipulated by the peace agreement was not respected.

2009 Ivory Coast

According to a UN report, both sides of the conflict devoted themselves to building new weapons stockpiles. Neighboring Burkina Faso was accused of supplying weapons and ammunition to a large extent to the rebels. In July, the UN Security Council extended the mandate of the UNOCI peacekeeping force to 31 January 2010, as did the mandate of the French military force supporting UNOCI.

According to countryaah, the registration of voters was reported to have been completed in July, but in October, the electoral authorities announced that there were problems with voting lengths, which meant that the announced presidential election in November had to be postponed once again. The election, intended to formally put an end to the long conflict that divided the country between the north and the south, was originally to have been carried out as early as 2005.

In October, the Security Council decided to extend for another year the arms embargo on the Ivory Coast, as well as the ban on the country from selling diamonds.

Dutch oil trading company Trafigura agreed in September to pay US $ 46 million to about 30,000 people who claimed they became ill when people hired by the company dumped toxic waste on landfills in Abidjan in 2006. In 2007, the company paid US $ 200 million to Ivorian the state, but only half of the sum went to the injured, the rest retained the government. The new sum was deposited into the accounts of an organization that represented the victims, but a court ruled that the money would be distributed directly to the victims, as it considered the risk of the money to remain with the organization.

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