UN Ambassador Rice (Dec. 2): "Good afternoon. I'm making a statement in my capacity as President of the Security Council on the situation in the Cote d'Ivoire.
The members of the Security Council were briefed by Mr. Y.J. Choi, special representative of the Secretary-General in Cote d'Ivoire, on the electoral process in the country.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the holding of the presidential run-off elections in Cote d'Ivoire on 28 November 2010 with a massive and peaceful participation. They further took note of the assessment of the Special Representative indicating that the run-off has been conducted in a democratic climate.
The members of the Security Council reminded the leaders that they bear primary responsibility for ensuring a peaceful process and called upon them to exercise restraint, refrain from any interference in the work of the Independent Electoral Commission, and honor their commitments to respect the results, to address their complaints through the legal procedures and to resolve their differences peacefully. They further urged the supporters of the candidates to refrain from any provocation or recourse to violence through the election process.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement of the provisional results of the presidential run-off elections by the Independent Electoral Commission today, which is a crucial step for ensuring the validity and integrity of the electoral process and thereby an important element in the process of certification of the final results by the Special Representative.
They further stressed the critical role played by the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) in assisting the Independent Electoral Commission in conducting open, free, fair and transparent elections, and ensuring stability as set out by Resolution 1933 (2010).
The members of the Security Council welcomed the contribution of the ECOWAS-mandated facilitator, President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso. The members of the Security Council reiterated their readiness to take the appropriate measures against those who obstruct the electoral process and, especially, the work of the IEC, as set out by paragraph 6 of Resolution 1946 (2010).
The members of the Security Council expressed their determination to continue to closely monitor the situation in Côte d'Ivoire, in particular the security conditions on the ground and the efforts to successfully conclude the electoral process.
I will have the opportunity to take questions at the press briefing that we are going to do very shortly and we can continue our discussion. We'll do it in about a half hour's time, thank you." Full Text»