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UN Security Council Threatens Sanctions Against Ivory Coast Peace Opponents


The U.N. Security Council has pushed for full implementation of Ivory Coast peace accords, threatening sanctions against those fail to comply.

In a statement issued Wednesday by its new president, Greek Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis, the council said those who thwart the peace process face a year-long travel ban and the freezing of their financial assets.

The council president also said the people of Ivory Coast must begin putting their words into action.

Although the war is over, Ivory Coast remains divided between the government and rebel-held territory. Peace accords to end the conflict have not been fully implemented.

An April deal to begin disarming was ignored and the warring parties returned to negotiations last month. They recommitted themselves to a new date for disarmament along with other steps that will pave the way for new elections in October.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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