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
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.
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.