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UN Humanitarian Official Demands Arrests in Ivory Coast


The top United Nations humanitarian official is demanding that Ivory Coast authorities punish those responsible for attacks on U.N. facilities last month.

On a visit to Abidjan Wednesday, Jan Egeland said the government has assured him that violence against civilian aid workers will not be repeated. But Egeland of the U.N. undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs, said such violence is criminal, and that the perpetrators should be arrested.

He added that the U.N. wants to continue helping the Ivorian people.

The U.N. has 7,000 peacekeepers in Ivory Coast and thousands more staff providing humanitarian assistance.

Protesters attacked U.N. buildings in January after international mediators called for parliament to be dissolved as part of the divided country's peace process.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent Ivory Coast a bill for $3.5 million to pay for damages.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.