Ivorian forces, peacekeepers approve election security plan
Posted by African Press International on September 14, 2008
The Ivorian and UN peacekeeping troops on Friday approved the election security plan that the Integrated Command Centre (CCI) drew up.
The commander of the UN troops General Fernand Marcel Amoussou made the revelation to the media while speaking on behalf of the other commanders at a news conference.
“We particularly looked into the possible risks of the elections, the execution methods of this plan, and also the means to be put in place for its implementation,” he said, adding that the plan will be submitted for the approval of the political authorities.
The Integrated Command Centre, he continued, took troops from the Ivorian armed forces (FDS) and the armed forces of the former rebel group New Forces (FAFN). But this strength can only be settled when decisions on the quotas are made at political level, Amoussou said.
The generals also hailed the excellent cooperation between the FDS and the FAFN.
“We noted that all the joint activities of the two forces unfold in a brotherly, pleasant and effective manner,” he also added.
Units, including the peacekeeping forces (UN forces and French Unicorn), deployed throughout the territory will implement this security plan.
Furthermore, General Amoussou said the issue of the military ranking of the FN soldiers can only be solved at a political level.