Liberia: The UN Mission in Cote d'Ivoire Reinforces Its Presence Along the Country's Border With Liberia

According to a report in L'Inter (p. 4) the United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) is reinforcing its presence along the country's border with Liberia following last week's deadly clash in which seven blue helmets lost their lives. The daily stated that combat aircraft have been sent in support of the UN mission in Cote d'Ivoire ahead of joint military exercises with Ivorian and Liberian forces. These aircraft include helicopters of the MI-24 type, the paper said, adding that a large-scale security operation is to begin on Friday in the forested area.

Still on security issue in this zone, an article in Fraternite Matin (p. 6) underscored that the porous 700 km long border between Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia makes it hard to efficiently monitor security in the zone where deadly cross border attacks are often reported.

Providing an update on the situation a few days after the deadly incident, Le Nouveau Reveil (p. 4) noted that the death toll could be higher than previously announced. Citing the Ivorian Minister in charge of Defense, Mr. Paul Koffi Koffi, the paper noted that several alleged assailants have been arrested by the Ivorian army. The violence, the paper added, has forced local inhabitants to leave the area, a situation Mr. Koffi said the Ivorian government is addressing.

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