Officials in Ivory Coast say pro-government militias have promised to begin disarming on June 16 after missing a Thursday deadline to lay down their weapons.
Militia leaders said they needed more time to inform their members about the process.
The disarmament of pro-government militias is to be the first step of a broader disarmament that includes rebel and government troops. Ivory Coast has yet to set a date for the rebels and soldiers to give up their guns.
Both sides have missed disarmament dates in the past, blaming each other for the delays.
Disarmament is key to a United Nations-backed peace plan that calls for national elections in October.
The west African country has been divided into rebel and government-held areas since a 2002 civil war.Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.